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Bill Being Introduced To Make Gun Seizure Stats Public In NYC

Some of the thousands of illegal firearms Chicago police confiscated in 2014.
M. Spencer Green
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Some of the thousands of illegal firearms Chicago police confiscated in 2014.

A bill is expected to be introduced in the New York City council Thursday that requires more public details on illegal gun seizures in New York City.

Councilman Shaun Abreu’s bill will require the NYPD to make gun seizure data public. Abreu says that includes location and if the gun was used in a crime. Also, information on dealers and out of state trafficking.

“There’s a lot of obvious information but then there is some information that isn’t accounted for like the ghost guns, and I think the dealer piece here will be really important because if we know the dealers that are involved with guns and crime, that could have a huge impact.”

Abreu is hoping the data will help law enforcement and lawmakers in the battle against gun violence. Since Mayor Eric Adams took office in January, the NYPD has seized about three thousand guns off New York City streets.