HONOLULU POLICE DEPARTMENT PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, pursuant to Hawai‘i Revised Statutes chapter 91, of a public hearing to be held by the Honolulu Police Department (“HPD”) for the purpose of adopting Rules governing Firearm Permits and Licenses.
DATE/TIME OF PUBLIC HEARING
Date: Tuesday, October 4, 2022
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Place: First floor Conference Room A, HPD Alapai Headquarters, 801 S. Beretania St., Honolulu, HI 96813
TOPICS OF PROPOSED RULES
The purpose of this public hearing is to amend Chapter 15 of the Rules of the Chief of Police, HPD, entitled “Firearms Permits and Licenses.” The proposal is to repeal existing §§15-1 through 15-11 and promulgate new rules §§15-12 through 15-28. The proposed rules are intended to:
- Set forth a clear process for applicants to obtain permits to acquire firearms and to register firearms;
- Set forth a clear process and criteria (including testing, training, and background check requirements) for detectives, investigators, and guards to obtain licenses to carry firearms while on-duty, along with requirements for detective and guard agencies with armed employees;
- Following the Supreme Court’s ruling in N.Y. State Rifle & Pistol Ass’n, Inc. v. Bruen, set forth a clear process and criteria (including testing, training, and background check requirements) for applicants to obtain licenses to carry firearms outside the home, whether concealed or unconcealed;
- Provide substantive guidelines for carrying a firearm outside the home, including the manner in which a firearm shall be carried, a requirement to carry one’s license on one’s person, and a requirement to carry no more than one firearm at a time;
- Set forth a clear process and criteria for certification of instructors to teach firearm safety and administer the required testing for applicants for licenses to carry;
- Set forth a clear process for renewing licenses; and
- Provide the circumstances under which licenses to carry and instructor certifications will be revoked and the appeal process for denials and revocations.
AVAILIBILITY OF COPIES OF PROPOSED RULES
Copies are available free of charge at the link above or may be reviewed/obtained at the Firearms Unit of the Records and Identification Division, HPD Alapai Headquarters, 801 S. Beretania St., Honolulu, HI 96813, during normal business hours (7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Mon.-Fri.). Please call (808) 388-9651 or email [email protected] to request emailing of rules (free of charge) or mailing of rules (subject to payment for copying and postage fees).
PUBLIC PARTICIPATION AND TESTIMONY
All interested persons shall be afforded the opportunity to submit data, views, or arguments, orally or in writing, on the proposed administrative rules at the time of the public hearing. Attendance at the public hearing is not necessary to submit testimony. There will be a time limit of two minutes per person to present testimony at the hearing.
Persons wishing to submit written testimony in advance may do so by emailing their testimony to [email protected] (preferred) or by mail to HPD Records & Identification Division, Attn: Public Testimony, 801 S. Beretania St., Honolulu, HI 96813. All written testimony submitted before the conclusion of the public hearing shall be considered. Interested persons are encouraged to submit their testimony in advance of the public hearing, as this will give HPD more time to review and consider the testimony.
Advance registration is not necessary to attend or submit testimony at the hearing. At the conclusion of the hearing, HPD shall announce the date by which the Chief intends to make a decision on the proposed rules.
Upon request, this notice is available in alternate formats such as large print, Braille, or electronic copy. If you need an auxiliary aid/service or other accommodation due to a disability, please contact HPD at (808) 388-9651, [email protected], or by mail to HPD Records & Identification Division, 801 S. Beretania St., Honolulu, HI 96813. Requests made as early as possible will allow adequate time to fulfill your request.
Arthur J. Logan, Chief
Honolulu Police Department