News Release from Hawaii Firearms Coalition, March 31, 2022
Four years ago, we filed a lawsuit to make tasers legal in Hawaii.
One year ago, we changed state law to make it happen.
Yesterday, attorneys Alan Beck & Stephen Stamboulieh filed a lawsuit in the Federal Court for the District of Hawaii on behalf of Maui Ammo and Gun Supply, Hawaii Firearms Coalition, Christy Gusman and HIFICO members on Maui.
The lawsuit is needed to force the County of Maui to start issuing electric gun dealers licenses. Without the licenses being issued, there are no legal means for anyone on Maui to purchase an electric gun.
Hawaii's new law was signed by the governor in July of last year and went into effect on January first of this year. Maui county decided that they didn't need to have any process in place to allow dealers to sell them, completely ignoring the intent of the new law.
We have tried to reach out to Maui County several times to get a process in place, even going as far as to speak to the mayor himself. But here we are 9 months after the law was passed, and not one taser has been sold on Maui due to their unwillingness to issue permits.
The people of Maui have a right to keep and bear arms for self-defense, and as previous courts have ruled, this includes electric guns. We hope this lawsuit can be resolved swiftly and that the citizens of Maui will soon have the tools they need to defend themselves.
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