In case you haven't been to the site recently or you've missed the news, the Hawaii Defense Foundation is backing a lawsuit against the State of Hawaii in a bid to release the stranglehold it has over our Second Amendment rights in regards to carrying a concealed weapon.
If you didn't know, Hawaii has a de-facto ban on issuing concealed carry licenses. While it is legal under "extenuating circumstances," no one has been "granted the right" in years.
As you probably know, fighting the State's tight grip on our rights is not free. To that end, the Hawaii Defense Foundation is asking for your help in this battle. Please donate and spread the word about this lawsuit. You can find more information at the Hawaii Defense Foundation's website: http://www.hawaiidefensefoundation.org/
Thanks for your help,
Below is the press release
Honolulu, HI â€“ The Hawaii Defense Foundationâ€™s founding director and president, Christopher Baker, has filed a lawsuit against Honolulu Chief of Police Louis Kealoha, the Honolulu Police Department, the City and County of Honolulu, the State of Hawaii, and Governor Neil Abercrombie in connection with civil rights violations of the Second and Fourteenth Amendments of the United States Constitution.
The complaint filed in the United States District Court for the District of Hawaii by attorneys Richard Holcomb, Alan Beck, and Kevin Oâ€™Grady alleges that Hawaiiâ€™s license to carry statute and various other firearm regulations are unconstitutional. State law mandates that citizens may be provided licenses to carry only in â€œexceptional circumstanceâ€ or â€œwhere a need or urgency has been sufficiently indicated,â€ all at the discretion of the countyâ€™s Chief of Police. The complaint asserts that this language violates the Second Amendment, which secures the right of all responsible, law-abiding citizens to bear arms for the purpose of self-defense. Additionally, the complaint also addresses the use of non-lethal tools for self-defense such as electric guns, which are banned in in Hawaii.
â€œThe Second Amendment protects the right to self-defense. Everyday around the islands good people are robbed, assaulted, raped, or in the worst cases murdered. Itâ€™s simply a matter of physics, the Police canâ€™t be everywhere to stop criminals from committing violent acts. We must be allowed to carry the tools that give us a chance to protect ourselves from harm,â€ says Chris Baker. â€œWe want criminals to have to think about the consequences of attacking someone,â€ he continued, â€œbut right now, nothing serves as a deterrent to them â€“ the odds are in their favor.â€
Hawaii Defense Foundation (www.TheHDF.org
) is a domestic not-for-profit corporation based in Honolulu, Hawaii. The Foundation serves the community by providing various services, such as: legal defense of civil rights, educational courses on firearm safety, self-defense training, and life saving techniques â€“ such as first aid and CPR. The Foundation has many supporters and members across the State of Hawaii.
If you would like to show your support or are looking for additional information please contact the Foundationâ€™s Secretary, Erica Castillo, at (808) 664-1827 or info(at)hawaiidefensefoundation.org.