FIREARMS: Hawaii allows more concealed carry after US Supreme Court ruling, with an exception

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HONOLULU — Hawaii Gov. Josh Green on Friday signed legislation that will allow more people to carry concealed firearms but at the same time prohibit people from taking guns to a wide range of places, including beaches, hospitals, stadiums, bars that serve alcohol and movie theaters. Private businesses allowing guns will have to post a sign to that effect.

The legal overhaul comes in response to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling from last year that expanded gun rights by saying Americans have a right to carry firearms in public for self-defense.

New York and New Jersey adopted similar laws last year that quickly met legalchallenges which are making their way through federal courts.

According to Rep. David Tarnas, the House judiciary committee took great care in crafting the measure to align with the Supreme Court’s interpretation of the Second Amendment, while also establishing a fair system for regulating concealed carry permits.

Hawaii, known for its strict gun laws, previously granted county police chiefs the authority to decide whether to issue permits for carrying firearms, resulting in very few permits being issued over the years. The state law limited gun ownership to keeping firearms at home and transporting them unloaded and securely stored for specific purposes like going to shooting ranges, hunting areas, or repair shops.

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