Most guns used in crimes come from other states
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.