ATF Says New York Is a ‘Market’ for Guns Bought in Other States


Most guns recovered from New York crimes last year originated in states with fewer legal restrictions, though the largest single source remains New York itself, where 1,595 were first purchased, reports the Associated Press. The federal ATF, which traced 8,793 guns from New York crimes or investigations, said that many came from southern or Eastern Seaboard states, though some originated in recorded retail sales from nearly every other state.

ATF officials say the report shows that New York’s restrictive gun laws have made it a “market state” for guns from elsewhere at a time when recent shootings have reignited the national debate on regulations. “We call New York a market state because it’s so highly regulated that it’s easier to get a gun in another state and bring it back,” said ATF group supervisor Robert Cucinelli.

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