The Honolulu Police Department will hold a public hearing at 10 a.m. Oct. 4 to adopt rules governing firearm permits and licenses. Police Chief Joe Logan told a community group Thursday that he expects to issue the first concealed gun carry permits in October.

“Conceal and carry has been something we never thought would happen. It has never been in Hawaii before but the Supreme Court ruled on this decision and we have to abide,” Logan said.

In June the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that local governments cannot require the public to demonstrate a particular need such as a direct safety threat to seek a license to carry permit.

The agenda on amending Chapter 15 of the Rules of the Chief of Police includes setting a clear process to acquire and register firearms; setting requirements for testing, training and background checks for detective and guard agencies with armed employees; setting testing, training and background requirements to carry firearms outside the home whether concealed or unconcealed; providing guidelines for the manner in which firearms shall be carried; setting a process to certify instructors; setting a license renewal process; and providing circumstances which licenses to carry and instructor certifications will be revoked.

Logan said he wants to make it clear that HPD is not responsible for training civilians to carry guns so they can meet training requirements.

All four counties will amend their own firearm rules.

Written testimony should be submitted to HPDLTC@honolulu.gov.

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