The longer they drag their feet, the more of a chance for (1) lawsuits against the state/county, and (2) other states being sued and having their new gun laws ruled against, meaning HI lawmakers would be stupid to go down the same road.
If something is unconstitutional, they either have to halt the practice, or make changes to it immediately. If they don't change the law now, they are going to have to stop requiring any reasons for firearm carry licenses. To just do nothing until later isn't going to wash.
The state doesn't care. They have their lawyers and attitude is "F-U, sue us". They know it will cost us or someone money to bring a lawsuit. When I was on Maui, MAGS owner approached Alan Beck and offered to pay him right on the spot for a lawsuit because the county was dragging their feet. This was in March, 3 months after Tasers became legal. He turned it down and said he will call him later.
Then once the suit was filed, the county magically passed the ordinance to allow the sale of tasers and they said they were going to do it anyway, so a lawsuit wasn't needed. Sure, I'll believe that.
I'm going to assume that compensation was due up front regardless of the outcome, which is understandable. And which MAGS was willing to do, hence the "I'll write you a check right now".
So the point of this story is we went thru all of this with Tasers, handguns will be much more hoops to jump thru and I foresee additional lawsuits.
Today was the Roberts vs. Ballard (Taser) court case about compensation. The state is claiming that since Roberts has his taser, the lawsuit is moot. Nevermind the fact that it was filed in 2018 and SCOTUS ruled at that time tasers were covered by the 2A. But each time his case got stayed until another case was ruled on. So I can image the attorney fee's for 3 years of work (2021 is when the new law was signed). Basically HI is saying we changed the law, which makes his lawsuit invalid. So no $ for attorney fee's.
Fast Forward -2:05:00 mark (First hearing)
BTW, Stephen was at our BBQ yesterday.