The Weekly Reload Podcast

The Second Amendment Implications of Hawaii Legalizing Butterfly Knives (Ft. Alan Beck)

May 20th, 2024

This week, we have one of the most successful Second Amendment litigators on the show to talk about the surprising outcome of his latest case.

Hawaii legalized the possession and open carry of most bladed weapons a few days ago. That came as a bit of a shock to Second Amendment activists in the state, including our guest Alan Beck. While he had already won a ruling against the state's butterfly knife ban and he expected lawmakers might try to undercut that case, nobody really expected a blanket reversal on how Hawaii treats bladed weapons.

Of course, that doesn't necessarily mean his case is over. Beck argued it's not really possible to open carry butterfly knives. So, that leaves a potential path forward in the suit that Beck plans to pursue.

Still, Beck said the repeal of the bladed weapons bans represents real progress. He's more optimistic than ever that Hawaiians will eventually have gun laws that are closer to the rest of the nation. However, he said it would take a lot more effort to get there.