Police across New York State are taking crazy amounts of firearms off the streets. Governor Kathy Hochul announced yesterday, Sunday, August 7, 2022, that the increase in gun seizures by New York State Police is huge. The State Police Gun Trafficking Interdiction Unit says part of the increase is due to the bust of a large gun trafficking ring.

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New York State Police Report 104 Percent Increase In Gun Seizures

Gov. Hochul also announced that she secured $2.5 million to add an additional 14 positions to the State Police Gun Trafficking Interdiction Unit for the fiscal year 2023. Gov. Hochul said,

We continue to make real progress in our aggressive fight against the gun violence that has plagued New York. Through our support for the new State Police Gun Trafficking Interdiction Unit, we are focused on investigating and bringing to justice those who are trafficking guns into the state and selling them illegally to other criminals who are intent on circumventing the state's gun regulations. I was proud to help secure $2.5 million in State Budget funding for this specialized unit to support their critical work, and today we send a strong message to gun traffickers everywhere: we will hold them accountable for their role in bringing violence to our streets and will continue to seize illegal guns.

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The 2023 New York State Budget Includes Funds To Remove Illegal Guns

- $13.1 million for Community Stabilization Units
- $18 million for local law enforcement for gun violence prevention
- $20 million for the aftermath of gun violence
- $3 million for the Office of Gun Violence Prevention

Today we send a strong message to gun traffickers everywhere: we will hold them accountable for their role in bringing violence to our streets and will continue to seize illegal guns.~ Governor Kathy Hochul

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