Mayor Mike Bloomberg is on a crusade to rid the world of guns. Unfortunately, it’s not doing a whole lot to keep guns out of the hands of thugs in New York City, according to a recently released report from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
According to the report, 8,793 guns were seized in New York in 2011. Only 1,595 were actually purchased here.
The majority of the weapons are coming from states with less-restrictive gun laws, like Virginia, Pennsylvania and Florida — which has led to New York’s reputation as a “market state” for guns.
“We call New York a market state because it’s so highly regulated that it’s easier to get a gun in another state and bring it back,” ATF Group Supervisor Robert Cucinelli says.
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