New York State has seized thousands of guns this year
New York State has stepped up efforts to get illegal guns off the streets and out of the hands of would-be criminals. At the second meeting of the Intra-State Gun Tracing Consortium at the New York State Intelligence Center in East Greenbush, Governor Kathy Hochul provided an update on the number of guns taken off the streets. Since January, thousands of illegal weapons have been seized, including “ghost weapons”, which the Brady Untied organization says are preferred by those with criminal motives because they are virtually untraceable,
Ghost guns are serialized, untraceable firearms that can be purchased online and assembled at home. They are often sold through “ghost weapon kits”, which include all the parts and often equipment needed to build these weapons at home. These kits are widely available and can be purchased by anyone, including prohibited buyers, domestic abusers, and gun dealers – without background checks.
State police have increased their illegal weapons seizures by 60% each month since January 2022, when the Interstate Illegal Weapons Task Force was established.
|NYSP firearms seized||72||96||157||106||82||513|
|NON-NYC firearms seized||269||367||327||395||185||1,543|
|NYC Seized Firearms||436||372||472||372||253||1,905|
|Total NYS Firearms Seized||777||835||956||873||540||3,961|
Governor Hochul’s office says it is working on two new gun laws,
The first would establish a process requiring semi-automatic pistols manufactured or delivered to authorized dealers in New York to be compatible with micro-stamping. The second bill would strengthen firearms reporting protocols by requiring all law enforcement agencies to report the recovery of any firearm within 24 hours of its discovery.