ALBANY, N.Y. (WENY) – Nearly 1,800 firearms have been removed from New York State streets according to Governor Kathy Hochul. This comes two months since she started the Interstate Task Force on Illegal Guns.
New York State Police, New York City Police Department , the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and law enforcement agencies from New York, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Vermont, Ohio, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New Hampshire continue to meet and share information to stop the flow of illegal guns across state lines and prevent further gun violence that is plaguing cities across the country.
“We know that we have strength in numbers, and the Interstate Task Force on Illegal Guns brings together the largest regional police consortium that has ever been assembled to fight this national phenomenon of gun violence,” Governor Hochul said. “I am proud to announce that the Task Force is already delivering results, with New York State Police, New York City Police Department and our local police agencies having removed over 1,700 guns off the streets over the last three months.”
New York State Police alone has increased gun tracing investigations by 75% and has doubled the number of guns seized.
State Police has also recovered 20 ghost guns and conducted 167 gun tracing investigations in the first three months of 2022.
From these cases, NYSP forwarded 35 investigative leads to 17 states in which a resident of that state was arrested in New York for illegally possessing and trafficking of firearms.
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