Most guns used in crimes come from other states

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE -

Three-quar­ters of firearms used for il­licit pur­poses here orig­i­nally were pur­chased else­where, a re­port shows.

An anal­y­sis shows three-quar­ters of the nearly 53,000 guns used to com­mit crimes in New York state were orig­i­nally pur­chased else­where, the state at­tor­ney gen­eral said Tues­day.

The re­port re­leased Tues­day by At­tor­ney Gen­eral Eric Sch­nei­der­man is in­tended to pres­sure the fed­eral govern­ment and state govern­ments to en­act stricter gun-con­trol laws.

The re­port looks at data from the fed­eral Bureau of Al­co­hol, To­bacco, Firearms and Ex­plo­sives re­gard­ing 52,915 guns used in to com­mit crimes in New York state be­tween 2010 and 2015.

Sch­nei­der­man said guns are traf­ficked from other states be­cause “it’s hard for bad guys to get guns in New York.”

But the anal­y­sis also shows that some of the weapons orig­i­nally were pur­chased in states such as Mas­sachusetts and Con­necti­cut, which also have strict gun laws.

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