The Honolulu Police Department has decided to demolish nearly a half-million dollars worth of fully functioning department-issued handguns.
The decision comes after the department has foregone the old Smith & Wesson 9mm in lieu of the more user-friendly Glock 17s. But instead of selling the S&W’s or repurposing them, the city plans to destroy them.
“Mayor Caldwell and the Honolulu Police Department agreed that they would not allow the guns to be sold to the general public and end up on the streets of Honolulu,” said the HPD. “The same goes for selling individual gun parts that could have been used to assemble a gun.”
Many of the HPD officers were willing to purchase their old handguns, but evidently the city didn’t even trust them enough to do that.
The city could have generated around $575,000 dollars had they sold the guns to the public, and nearly $345,000 had they sold them to the officers. But now the tax payers will instead be paying to have the guns destroyed.
Local news stations tried snapping a few photos of the Smith & Wessons, but the HPD refused, citing “security reasons.”
It’s unknown exactly how much it will cost to destroy the firearms or when they the destruction will take place.
(This article was submitted by freelance writer Brent Rogers)