Sheriff’s gun gift under investigation

The Hawai‘i Department of Public Safety is looking into whether it violated state procurement rules when it accepted 350 free guns from weapons manufacturer Smith & Wesson last year.

In June 2010, Smith & Wesson offered the department 350 guns to replace older guns in the Sheriff’s Division. The division received the guns last October.

A spokeswoman for the public safety department said the agency opened an internal affairs probe into whether the division issued a request for proposals before accepting the offer, which would have allowed other vendors to bid to replace the weapons.

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