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Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa

Representing the 1st District of Hawaii

Congresswoman Hanabusa Statement on Young v. Hawaii

July 24, 2018
Press Release

“Hawaii County should immediately file a petition requesting an en banc decision, which seeks a rehearing and subsequent ruling from the Chief Judge and 10 other Justices of the Ninth Circuit. Today’s 2-1 opinion comes about two years after the entire 9th Circuit ruled that there is no right to carry concealed guns in public. This is not a second amendment issue it’s a states’ rights issue. We shouldn’t fool ourselves. This issue will end up before the U.S. Supreme Court and the State of Hawaii will have to join and argue on behalf of states’ rights. We know how best to regulate firearms to keep our communities safe and respect the rights of law abiding gun owners. This is going to be difficult for the Republicans because states’ rights and the concept of home rule has always been protected by conservatives,” said Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa