Tuesday, June 02, 2020
Hawai'i Free Press

Current Articles | Archives

Monday, August 17, 2015
NRA: Honolulu's Shame
By Selected News Articles @ 4:44 PM :: 3846 Views :: Honolulu County, Second Amendment

From The Editor | Honolulu's Shame

by Mark Chesnut, Editor,  America's First Freedom, NRA, August 17, 2015

In a near-perfect case study of how some politicians see guns as evil instruments no matter who owns them, the Honolulu Police Department and City of Honolulu have decided to destroy more than $500,000 worth of fully functional handguns (some of them brand new) instead of selling them to generate revenue for the city.

And just in case you think I’m exaggerating when I say “no matter who owns them,” consider this: The city won’t even allow police officers to purchase their old guns. According to reports, many HPD officers were willing to buy their old guns from the department, even going through a vendor for liability reasons—a practice that is common throughout the United States—but officials have refused.

The whole episode began when HPD decided to replace more than 2,300 of its current Smith & Wesson handguns with new Glock 17s. At the time, many police officers said that since the old guns still had value, they should not be thrown away or destroyed, but sold. In fact, about 200 of the guns are new and unused, still in their boxes.The fact that the city doesn’t trust its own highly trained officers to purchase the very guns they have carried on the job, and doesn’t trust private citizens looking to exercise their constitutional rights, sounds like something straight out of a Michael Bloomberg gun-ban training manual.

According to reports in Hawaii News Now, police discussed several options with city lawyers and budget officials, including selling the old guns to the general public, which would have brought in $250 each, or about $575,000. Selling the guns with the restriction that they could only be purchased by law enforcement would have generated $150 for each firearm, or about $345,000. Lastly, selling them for parts at $100 apiece would have netted the city about a quarter-million dollars.

Since none of those options seemed palatable to those in charge, only one remained—destroying the firearms. Alarmingly, this falls right in line with the typical anti-gun agenda. The fact that the city doesn’t trust its own highly trained officers to purchase the very guns they have carried on the job, and doesn’t trust private citizens looking to exercise their constitutional rights, sounds like something straight out of a Michael Bloomberg gun-ban training manual.

Such an attitude by a big-city police department isn’t rare, but it is despicable. It’s also a slap in the face to Honolulu taxpayers: The city’s disdain for guns and gun owners is not only throwing away more than a half-million dollars of taxpayers’ money, but also however much it will cost to destroy the guns.

In a time when funding for law-enforcement agencies is hard to come by throughout the nation, it seems strange that Honolulu officials would put anti-gun politics above ready cash that could be used for law-enforcement programs. The only logical conclusion is that those officials believe guns are evil, and they mistrust anyone who might legally purchase one. Such an attitude is more despicable than pouring a half-million dollars that could be used for law enforcement down a black hole.


TEXT "follow HawaiiFreePress" to 40404

Register to Vote


808 Silent Majority

808 State Update AM940


ACA Signups Hawaii



Alliance Defending Freedom

Aloha Life Advocates

Aloha Pregnancy Care Center

American Council of Trustees and Alumni

American Mothers of Hawaii



Antonio Gramsci Reading List

A Place for Women in Waipio

Astronomy Hawaii

Audit The Rail

Ballotpedia Hawaii

Better Hawaii 

Blaisdell Memorial Project

Broken Trust 

Build More Hawaiian Homes Working Group

CAFR Hawaii

Castaway Conservative

Children's Alliance Hawaii

Children's Rights Institute


Christian Homeschoolers of Hawaii

Citizens for Recall

Cliff Slater's Second Opinion

Coffee Break

CSIS Pacific Forum

DAR Hawaii


DVids Hawaii

E Hana Kakou Kelii Akina

E Māua Ola i Moku o Keawe

Farmers For Choice Hawaii


Fix Oahu!

Follow the Money Hawaii

Frank in Hawaii

Front Page Magazine

Frontline: The Fixers

Genetic Literacy Project

Get Off Your Butts!

God, Freedom, America

Grassroot Institute


Hawaii Aganst Assisted Suicide

Hawaii Aquarium Fish Report

Hawaii Aviation Preservation Society

Hawaii Catholic TV

Hawaii Christian Coalition

Hawaii Cigar Association

Hawaii Coalition Against Legalized Gambling

Hawaii ConCon Info

Hawaii Credit Union Watch

Hawaii Crime Victims' Rights

Hawaii Crop Improvement Association

Hawaii Debt Clock

Hawaii Defending Marriage

Hawaii Defense Foundation

Hawaii Families for Educational Choice

Hawaii Family Advocates

Hawaii Family Forum

Hawaii Farmers and Ranchers United

Hawaii Farmer's Daughter

Hawaii Federalist Society

Hawaii Federation of Republican Women

Hawaii Firearm Community

Hawaii Fishermen's Alliance

Hawaii Future Project

Hawaii Gathering of Eagles

Hawaii History Blog

Hawaii Homeschool Association

Hawaii Jihadi Trial

Hawaii March for Life

Hawaii Meth Project

Hawaii's Partnership for Appropriate & Compassionate Care

Hawaii Public Charter School Network

Hawaii Rifle Association

Hawaii Right to Life -- Big Island

Hawaii Right to Life -- Oahu

Hawaii Shield Law Coalition

Hawaii Shippers Council

Hawaii Smokers Alliance

Hawaii State Data Lab

Hawaii Together

Heritage Foundation

HI Coalition Against Legalized Gambling



Hiram Fong Papers

Homeschool Legal Defense Hawaii

Honolulu Homeless Crisis

Honolulu Navy League

Honolulu Traffic

Horns of Jericho Blog

House Minority Blog

House Republican Caucus YouTube


Hump Day Report

I Vote Hawaii

If Hawaii News

Imua TMT

Inouye-Kwock, NYT 1992

Inside the Nature Conservancy

Inverse Condemnation

Investigative Project on Terrorism

Iowa Meets Maui

Jackson v Abercrombie

Jihad Watch

July 4 in Hawaii

Kahle v New Hope

Kakaako Cares

Kau TEA Party

Kauai Co GOP

Keep Hawaii's Heroes


Land and Power in Hawaii

Legislative Committee Analysis Tool

Lessons in Firearm Education

Lingle Years

Malulani Foundation

Managed Care Matters -- Hawaii

Malama Pregnancy Center of Maui

Mauna Kea Recreational Users Group


Middle East Forum--The Legal Project

Mililani Conservatives for Change

Military Home Educators' Network Oahu

Missile Defense Advocacy

MIS Veterans Hawaii

Muslim Brotherhood in America

NAMI Hawaii



National Christian Foundation Hawaii

National Parents Org Hawaii

National Wind Watch

New Zeal

NFIB Hawaii News

No GMO Means No Aloha

Northwest Economic Policy Seminar

Not Dead Yet, Hawaii

Now What I Really Think

NRA-ILA Hawaii

Oahu Alternative Transport

ObamaCare Abortion Hawaii


OHA Lies

Opt Out Today


Pacific Aviation Museum

Patients Rights Council Hawaii

PEACE Hawaii

People vs Machine

Pritchett Cartoons 

Pro-GMO Hawaii



Rental by Owner Awareness Assn

Republican Party -- Hawaii State

Research Institute for Hawaii USA

Rick Hamada Show

RJ Rummel

Robotics Organizing Committee

Save Dillingham Airfield

School Choice in Hawaii


SIFE Remington

SIFE W. Oahu 

Sink the Jones Act

Smart About Marijuana--Hawaii

St Marianne Cope

State Budget Solutions Hawaii

State Policy Network

Statehood for Guam

Tax Foundation of Hawaii

The Harriet Tubman Agenda

The Long War Journal

The Real Hanabusa

Time Out Honolulu

Trustee Akina KWO Columns

Truth About Trade & Technology - Hawaii

UCC Truths

Union Members Know Your Rights

US Tax Foundation Hawaii Info

Valor in the Pacific

VAREP Honolulu


West Maui Taxpayers Association

What Natalie Thinks

Whole Life Hawaii