Attorney argues Hawaii law is a ban on carrying guns

A handgun sits on a desk in the Hawaii Department of Natural Resources hunter education classroom in Honolulu on May 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Marina Riker, File)

HONOLULU — A challenge to Hawaii’s strict gun laws was back before a federal appeals court Thursday, where an attorney representing the state tried to defend a law that allowed officials to deny George Young a permit to carry a loaded gun in public.