In 2015, the Honolulu Police Department moved to “keep guns off the streets.” In a stunning display of political correctness run amok, without the slightest regard to the hard work required to generate police funding, HPD destroyed over a half a million dollars worth of “old” police pistols. The Hawaii County Police Department is going a different way for its switch from 5906 Smith & Wesson stainless steel auto pistols to 9mm GLOCK pistols. From westhawaiitoday.com:
The guns will first go to the recruits, who will learn on the new Glocks right from the get-go, Shopay said. More experienced officers will get them as the old guns continue to wear down and get phased out.
County Purchasing Agent Jeffrey Dansdill made sure there were several places to buy the guns from, rather than having to go with a sole-source contract. Instead, the gun purchase can go out to bid.
“Are there multiple vendors we can purchase from?” he asked.
He was told there are three West Coast mainland sources for the handguns, all who offer rebates.
Unlike the Honolulu Police Department, the Hawaii County department plans to turn in the old Smith & Wessons to the dealer for a rebate. That should earn about $90,000, Shopay said.
The Honolulu Police Department incurred public criticism last year when it opted to destroy more than 2,300 guns, potentially losing $500,000, according to Hawaii News Now.
By putting the used pistols back into the marketplace, the demand for new guns will be reduced, thus putting money that would have gone to gun manufacturers into the pockets of Hawaii taxpayers.
There’s no shortage of pistol manufacturers. If guns are sold to police or gun dealers, they will be directly competing with other pistols, in exactly the same legal channels as newly manufactured guns. The pistols that are used for parts will make old guns more competitive with new guns, performing the same function.
In a time when public resources are limited, conserving them is simply common sense. Wasting them is foolish. The Hawaii Police Department deserves credit for using public resources wisely.
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