Lt. Cmdr. Russell Cruz, a native of New York, enlisted in the Navy about a month after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
The death of a sailor from a self-inflicted gunshot at a luxury resort in Honolulu this weekend was the third gun death tied to the Pacific Fleet submarine force in just over 16 months.
The opinion is a departure from other federal rulings that have generally upheld Second Amendment rights. Meanwhile, firearm permit applications rose 63% in 2020.
Magazines that hold more than 10 rounds are already banned in Hawaii for handguns, but not for rifles.
The report will help inform a larger military review of mental health and safety policies.
Hawaii lawmakers have several bills lined up for votes that look to curb access to guns and ammunition in the state.
In the wake of a federal court decision challenging Hawaii’s restrictive gun laws, the commission wants a deeper look at HPD’s process for denying gun carry applications.
If the ruling stands, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling could lead to more guns in public in states like Hawaii and California that have restrictive laws.