United States Ninth Circuit

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Young v. State of Hawaii, 12-17808

Held that the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects a right to carry a firearm in public for self-defense. In this lawsuit, a gun owner challenged the constitutionality of a Hawaii statute that limits the open carry of firearms to people engaged in the protection of life and property, such as security guards. In a 2-1 decision, the Ninth Circuit held that the gun owner stated a claim that the statute violates the Second Amendment and the panel therefore reversed the dismissal of his claim and remanded.

Appellate Information

  • Decided
  • Published 2018/07/24


  • O’Scannlain


  • United States Ninth Circuit


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