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NINTH CIRCUIT UPDATE

In Young v. Hawaii, 896 F.3d 1044 (9th Cir. 2018), a three-judge panel of Ninth Circuit appellate judges unexpectedly declared Hawaii’s good reason permitting scheme for open carry of firearms to be unconstitutional for violating the Second Amendment. The State of Hawaii would not accept that ruling, and asked the full Ninth Circuit to re-hear its appeal and reinstate Hawaii’s de facto ban on carrying firearms outside the home. That request was granted on February 8, 2019, but any success Hawaii might have in the full Ninth Circuit is likely to be short lived, or even still-born, because we expect the Supreme Court to declare good reason permitting schemes like Hawaii’s to be unconstitutional, in a case to be heard this fall: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. City of New York, No. 18-280. Read on for details.

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