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Sunday, August 28, 2022

Governor Hochul Announces More Than 6,000 Illegal Gun Seizures as a Result of Interstate Gun Task Force Since January

Intrastate and Interstate Cooperation among Local, State and Federal Agencies Producing Results

Total Seizures Across New York State Increased 20 Percent from January Through July 2022 When Compared to First Seven Months of Last Year

Individuals Injured by Gunfire Decreased 12 Percent in Communities Participating in State-Funded Gun Involved Violence Elimination Initiative and 11 Percent in New York City

140 Percent Increase in New York State Police Gun Seizures Between August 2021 to July 2022 Compared to August 2020 to July 2021

Governor Hochul: "We are now working across borders, getting guns out off the streets and keeping people safe because my philosophy is: I'd rather be in the crime prevention business than the crime solving business. And that's what this is all about. So, we connect the dots while they're still out there before something tragic happens."

Hochul: "One year ago today, I said that my number one responsibility was to protect the health and safety of all New Yorkers, and that is what I'm going to continue focusing on. We've seen too many lives destroyed by the ravages of gun violence inflicting trauma in too many communities from here and all across upstate. But given the scale of this crisis, we can only confront it in an effective way by working with partners who share our goals. "

Governor Kathy Hochul recently announced that police agencies have removed 6,007 illegal guns from communities across New York State during the first seven months of the year, a 20 percent increase when compared to the same timeframe in 2021. Joined by New York City Mayor Eric Adams and Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Steven Dettelbach prior to a meeting of the Interstate Task Force on Illegal Guns, Governor Hochul updated New Yorkers about her administration's comprehensive efforts to stem the flow of illegal guns, reduce gun violence and save lives. ATF Director Dettelbach touted the Task Force as a national model for other regions in the country to follow.


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