HONOLULU (KITV4) -- The clock started on Sunday for some 600 applicants who have applied for a concealed carry permit in Honolulu County.
The question, according to Honolulu Police Chief Joe Logan, has been: Are these measures too strict, or not strict enough?
HPD has been tasked since the recent Supreme Court Ruling over New York's gun laws, with finding the right balance.
Logan showed members of the press an example of the plastic concealed carry permit card. He told KITV4 that HPD coordinated with other police departments on Maui, Kauai and the Big Island, with the process also inviting public comment.
The Hawaii legislature has been discussing a "sensitive areas" limitation that might prevent firearms from being carried in parks, schools or on public transportation.
Logan says he does not expect the legislature's actions to hold up the process for the law abiding gun owners applying for their permit.
"We want to continue the process because I think we owe it to the gun rights individuals, the gun club people, and their right to bear arms. How do I measure that and still do this process? I was weighing the citizens' concerns of public safety with that of the 2nd amendments rights of individuals to bear arms," Logan said, "And to make sure there's a balance there."
Logan characterized those who are applying for the conceal carry permit as already legal gun owners.
He also read off a list of requirements for applicants in Honolulu County that include a medical waiver, adult mental health waiver, permit questionnaire, government ID, and a 4-hour training course in safety and laws. Passport photos and a $10 fee are also required.
Concealed carry permits are available only for handguns and not long guns.