NEW YORK (WIVB) — Attorney General Eric Schneiderman unveiled new information on gun trafficking into New York on Tuesday.
According to new research announced by Schneiderman, 74 percent of all guns recovered by law enforcement officers came from outside the state. In addition to that statistic, 86 percent of recovered handguns come from outside of New York.
“The data makes one thing abundantly clear: New York’s strong gun laws are being undermined at every turn by lax laws in other states,” Schneiderman said. “Even as we work to make our streets safer, the illegal guns most often used in violent crimes continue to pour into our state. In fact, three-out-of-four guns used in New York crimes come from out-of-state. When you look at the illegal crime gun problem, it’s the handgun that’s killing people every day – and 86% of recovered handguns come from out-of-state, underscoring the problem New York faces. It’s time for the federal government – and other states – to take common sense measures and ensure weak gun laws won’t continue to take the lives of New Yorkers.”
Between 2010 and 2015, law enforcement agencies in the state recovered nearly 53,000 guns. Only 6 percent of those were recovered from someone who was also the original purchaser of the gun.
MORE | See the full report here.