Six out of seven handguns connected to recent crimes in New York state were brought in from elsewhere, the state’s attorney general said on Tuesday in a report on suspected gun trafficking along the U.S. East Coast.
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said his office had used federal data not available to the public to determine where some 46,514 firearms tied to crimes from 2010 to 2015 had been purchased.
According to the report, some 86 percent of handguns recovered by law enforcement agencies were from out of state.
The report called smuggled guns the weapons of choice for violent criminals.
“This is the gangster’s dream gun,” Schneiderman said at a news conference, holding up a handgun that he said originated in Florida. “This is the kind of gun that’s used to commit crimes.”
One in five recovered guns were “recently trafficked,” meaning they were confiscated by law enforcement within three years of their purchase or had other indications they were bought for criminal use, the report said. Two other indications, the report said, are whether the person who has the gun when law enforcement recovers it is different than the person who purchased the gun and whether the state of purchase is different than the recovery state.
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