ag-photo-cropped-gun-traffickingNew York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has released a new report, Target on Trafficking: Analysis of New York Crime Guns,” which examines the purchase history of the nearly 53,000 “crime guns” in New York between 2010 and 2015.

The Attorney General’s office is the first statewide law enforcement agency to obtain and analyze such comprehensive crime gun data provided by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF). The analysis shows sweeping and important trends in gun recoveries, particularly in regards to how out-of-state guns are flooding into New York from the “Iron Pipeline” — states with lax guns laws along the I-95 corridor, namely Pennsylvania, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida.


Click the image to access the AG’s report.

The report is another demonstration of why we need strong federal gun laws. No matter how strong New York’s laws are, guns will keep coming in from other states where it’s easy to buy them.

The AG’s office also released a new Tracing Analytics Platform, a powerful and publicly available online tool that empowers members of the public to dive into the data themselves. The tool analyzes gun trends by region, year, gun type, time-to-crime, and other factors. Its interactive features also enable New York residents, law enforcement and lawmakers to explore the gun trafficking patterns occurring in their individual communities.

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