Hawaii’s high court on Wednesday alarmingly placed itself above both the U.S. Supreme Court and the Constitution of the land in a ruling concerning Second Amendment rights.
In State v. Wilson, the unanimous decision appeared to nullify the Bill of Rights in favor of the nebulous “Spirit of Aloha.” Justice Todd Eddins claimed the court reads the “right to keep and bear arms” in a different light than the “current United States Supreme Court.”
Eddins added, “We hold that in Hawaii there is no state constitutional right to carry a firearm in public.”
According to the egregious opinion, “The spirit of Aloha clashes with a federally-mandated lifestyle that lets citizens walk around with deadly weapons during day-to-day activities.”
The justices then evoked “the history of the Hawaiian Islands.” The opinion declared that the past was not a “society where armed people move about the community to possibly combat the deadly aims of others.”
Hawaii resident Christopher Wilson was arrested in 2017 while hiking and charged with improperly carrying a firearm and ammunition. His unregistered weapon was purchased in Florida four years earlier, and he explained he possessed it for protection while in the wilderness.
The firearm he carried was not registered in Hawaii, and he was charged with unlawful possession of both the 10mm handgun and his ammunition.
Wilson contended the state violated his Second Amendment rights. But the state disagreed and summarily dismissed both the Heller and Bruen decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court.
In both instances the high court ruled that law-abiding citizens have the right to bear arms.
In its studious decision, the state high court quoted HBO’s “The Wire.” A character in the crime drama proclaimed “the thing about the old days, they the old days.” This qualified as a legal precedent.
And apparently it was good enough for the standards set by Democratic Hawaii Attorney General Anne Lopez. She called the court’s ruling “a thoughtful and scholarly opinion” that rendered “an important reminder about the crucial role that state courts play in our federal system.”
This decision is begging for the nation’s highest court to settle where true authority lies.