Hochul Heralds Massive Increase in State Police Gun Seizures

J.M. Lesinski

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A sign points to the nearby State Police barracks in Boston, New York.Photo by J.M. Lesinski

New York Governor Kathy Hochul recently announced a 104% increase in the State Police’s gun seizures in 2022, supplemented by a recent bust on a gun trafficking ring by the State Police Gun Trafficking Interdiction Unit (GTIU). Additionally, Hochul declared $2.5 million in funding for fourteen new GTIU positions in the FY 2023 budget.

"We continue to make real progress in our aggressive fight against the gun violence that has plagued New York," Hochul remarked of the increase and funding. "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."

The GTIU formed last year to target illegal guns and reduce associated violent crime across the state. Thus far in 2022, the New York State Police have seized 795 illegal guns, which add into a statewide total of 3,166 illegal gun seizures reported by all state law enforcement agencies. The GTIU is one of several initiatives Hochul supports as part of her mission to aggressively attack New York state’s gun violence epidemic.

"I want to thank the Governor for her continued support,” stated New York State Police Superintendent Kevin P. Bruen of the announcement. “We are fully committed to slowing the flow of illegal guns into our state, through the commitment of our own resources and collaboration with law enforcement partners at all levels."

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