Mayor Blangiardi announces steps to keep residents safe as new concealed carry regulations will soon go into effect
News Release from Office of the Mayor, Sept 29, 2022
HONOLULU – Mayor Rick Blangiardi has asked the Honolulu City Council to consider a draft ordinance regarding residents carrying firearms in public.
This request comes in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, Inc. v. Bruen, and the reality that the City must allow for public carrying of firearms.
The draft ordinance proposes the following: First, it recognizes certain locations as traditionally “sensitive places” where firearms are prohibited, including schools, government buildings, parks, voting locations, and public transportation. Second, it creates a default rule for private businesses and charitable organizations, to make it clear that the property owner gets to decide whether firearms are allowed on the premises. Under this default rule, guns are prohibited on the premises of private businesses and charitable organizations; however, those property owners can consent to allowing firearms on the property. This default rule means that property owners do not need to spend money putting up signs saying that guns are allowed or prohibited, and it will help ease confusion – and reduce the possibility of confrontations in stores, restaurants, and hospitals – as the City begins issuing licenses to carry firearms in public.
“The Supreme Court’s recent ruling requiring the City to allow for public carrying of firearms presents a formidable and unprecedented challenge for our State, and all of our local communities. Consequently we will take the appropriate measures to prohibit guns from certain “sensitive places” including schools and government buildings, said Mayor Rick Blangiardi. “Our state has restricted public carrying of firearms for nearly 170 years and as a result, has one of the lowest gun-violence rates in the country and we want it to stay that way.”
The Honolulu Police Department will hold a hearing on Tuesday, October 4, regarding the procedures for obtaining a license to carry a firearm in public. For more information, including the draft rules and information on how to submit testimony, can be found at https://tinyurl.com/hpd-ltc-draft-rules.
PDF: Honolulu Sensitive Places Bill Draft
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RALLY FOR CONCEALED CARRY - Honolulu Oct 4th
from Hawaii Firearms Coalition
Please join our rally to protest changes to Honolulu's new CCW policy which includes: additional self-defense course, written and shooting exams, psychological exams, mental health records from the mainland, and more! AND JUST APPROVE THE CURRENT PERMIT APPLICATIONS TOO! Come out and waive your signs and submit your testimony in person or through email. Watch the webinar tonight for more info on testifying and the rally.
Honolulu Police Department - Main Station (801 S Beretania St)
Tuesday October 4th
Rally: 7:30am to 9:45am
Email testimonies to: HPDLTC@honolulu.gov
One of my friends received his Maui CCW permit. Not much to look at, but at least we know people are receiving them now. The permit isn't just good for Maui county, but also if you travel to the mainland where home state permits are required to carry, like Pennsylvania and Florida. People on other islands may ask for you to conduct the shooting test for them.
I'll go over the process that Maui Ammo and Gun Supply is doing that is getting people their permits. There's a lot of details in the process and a lot of other people are getting denied due to incomplete packets. Watch the webinar tonight.
HAWAII COUNTY SENSITIVE PLACES BILL
Hawaii County's Bill 220 will be introduced soon which restricts where carry is allowed. It bans guns from hospitals, government offices, colleges, events, private businesses without signage allowing for carry, and others. It's basically a copy of New York's sensitive places law that is under litigation.
We need people to testify against this bill. We'll update with more information shortly.
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Hawaii Council to consider bill restricting carry of firearms in ‘sensitive places’
HTH Sept 28, 2022: … A bill to restrict the carrying of concealed and unconcealed firearms in “sensitive places” in Hawaii County, including medical and government facilities, schools and parks, establishments that serve alcohol, as well as several other locations, is set to be considered by the County Council.
Bill 220, introduced Monday by Hilo Councilmember Aaron Chung, would amend Hawaii County Code to add an article relating to licenses to carry concealed and unconcealed firearms on the Big Island. Chung, reached Tuesday afternoon, said the bill was initiated at the behest of Paul Ferreira, who retired Sept. 1 as police chief….
read … Council to consider bill restricting carry of firearms in ‘sensitive places’
KHON: Counties consider places concealed carry would be prohibited