The New York Times says community guns, hidden and shared by a small group of people who use them when needed, appear to be rising in number in New York. It is unclear why, but money may be one reason. “The gangs are younger, and their resources are less,” said Ed Talty, an assistant district attorney in the Bronx.
The hiding places include keyed mailboxes, car wheel wells, light pole compartments and garbage pails. “Behind some bushes or under a building,” said State Senator Malcolm A. Smith, who has visited the scenes of shootings in his Queens district that were linked to community guns. The police believe that a community gun is now in play in a series of gang-related shootings in East New York, Brooklyn, between the Rock Starz and their colorfully named rivals, the Very Crispy Gangsters. Sharing guns predates the Wild West, but the sophistication of maintaining today's community gun can be striking. “You call it a community gun, so that name has to be able to market itself,” Senator Smith said. “You have a business model behind this concept, a schedule, which is a shame. If they used that intellect for something positive, who knows how successful that person could be?”