Hawaii bust raises concerns of "ghost guns"

Hawaii bust raises concerns of "ghost guns"
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The state of Hawaii is a beautiful place. Many consider it paradise, and for good reason. It’s an amazing place.

Yet it’s also a very anti-gun state, with restrictions on the Second Amendment rights of citizens that are downright insane.


Despite those restrictions, including a ban on homemade firearms, it doesn’t seem they can do much to stop so-called ghost guns.

A big bust on Maui is fueling concerns about the rise of “ghost guns” — or untraceable firearms.

The Maui Police Department’s Crime Reduction Unit and its Special Response Team raided a home in Kihei on Thursday morning and found crystal meth, fentanyl, heroine and other illegal drugs.

They also discovered a 3D printer and parts needed to make ghost guns.

“Ghost guns are unserialized and untraceable firearms that can be bought online and assembled at home. They are often sold through ghost gun kits, which include all of the parts and often the equipment necessary to build these weapons at home,” said said MPD Assistant Chief Randy Esperanza.

“These kits are widely available and can be purchased by anyone, including prohibited purchasers, such as domestic abusers and gun traffickers without a background check.”

Except, that can’t be possible. After all, Hawaii has a “ghost gun” ban and has since July.

How, then, can there have been unserialized firearms there?

We’re typically told that gun control laws are only as good as the next state’s, but Hawaii is an island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. It’s not like these guys stopped by a store in Texas and drove home with them. They had to come into the state via some other means.

Planes are the typical way people travel to Hawaii, of course, but those are tightly controlled points of entry for any state. It’s kind of hard to move illegal goods through there, all things considered.


I mean, they could have theoretically gotten a boat, but it takes days and days at sea for such a trip.

In other words, it’s kind of hard to sneak something like that into the state, yet here we are.

If Hawaii can’t keep people from making their own guns, then just who could? The answer, of course, is no one. No state can actually pull something like that off.

Even in Europe, where everyone has tougher gun control laws than we do, we see guns coming into various countries from elsewhere.

The bad guys in any given state, even Hawaii, will find a way to get guns. They simply don’t care one way or another about the law. I mean, that’s kind of what being a criminal is, after all.

You’re not going to stop criminal activity with new laws. You’re not going to ban a practice and suddenly see criminals start walking the straight and narrow. If that were an option, you’d likely not have an issue in the first place. After all, why ban guns if laws against murder and robbery were doing their jobs?

That’s not happening, so Hawaii tried something else.

That ain’t working either.

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