Roberts vs. Ballard

Roberts vs. Ballard; et al.

STATUS: In Progress

This is a Lawsuit against the state of Hawaii’s unconstitutional ban on Tasers. This Lawsuit was bought about by one of the HIFICO directors


A British man living in Honolulu has filed suit over Hawaii’s regulations effectively banning electronic arms of all kinds for those not in law enforcement.

Andrew Namiki Roberts this week filed suit against Honolulu Police Chief Susan Ballard and state Attorney General Russell Suzuki seeking to overturn the state’s strict laws concerning stun guns and tasers. The devices are illegal to possess or sell under most circumstances, with exceptions for police and the military, and Namiki Roberts cannot get a local concealed carry permit due to his citizenship. As such, he contends he is defenseless under Hawaii’s laws.

In the 14-page filing, attorneys Alan Beck and Stephen Stamboulieh outline that the would-be Taser owner is a self-employed photographer in the picturesque Pacific island chain and often carries expensive equipment. Although Namiki Roberts has a clean criminal record and no history of mental problems that would prevent him from owning a firearm, he was told by Honolulu police that it would be illegal for him to possess a Taser either in his home to protect himself or nine-year-old daughter, or while out in public.

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