Schneiderman: 59 percent of recovered guns in Buffalo came from outside NY

Courtesy: TSA in Buffalo.
Courtesy: TSA in Buffalo.

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Just after officials released a report on gun trafficking in New York state, a more specific look at Buffalo was released Thursday.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and the police leaders of Buffalo and Niagara Falls spoke during the conference.

“The Niagara Falls Police Department is committed to getting illegal guns off our streets,” Niagara Falls Police Superintendent Bryan DalPorto said. “We appreciate the Attorney General’s willingness to dive into the data, and report on gun trafficking trends. In order to eliminate gun violence, law enforcement needs to continue to work together.”

According to Schneiderman, 59 percent of recovered guns in Buffalo came from out-of-state sources.

The attorney general says trends have been noticed in gun recoveries. States with more relaxed gun laws, like Pennsylvania, Virginia, North Carolina and Florida have been named as sources of guns brought into New York.

Schneiderman says many guns are coming from the “Iron Pipeline,” — states like those mentioned above along the I-95 corridor.

Buffalo Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda calls the reduction of gun violence” a “top priority.”

“Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s report and Tracing Analytics Platform will assist in our effort, and we thank him for his support,” Derenda said.

MORE | An analysis of crime-related guns in the state can be read here.

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