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GunIn Monroe County, guns recovered by police are more likely to have been bought in New York, rather than from out of state.

Monroe County stands out in a report created by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman based on gun-tracing figures from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. <Check out this interactive mapping tool.>

Statewide, 74 percent of the 52,915 guns recovered by police between 2010 and 2015 came from out of state. The top states where trafficked guns originated were Massachusetts, Connecticut, Virginia, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Pennsylvania and Ohio.

But in Monroe County, only 44 percent of the 4,536 crime guns came from out of state, the lowest rate among urban counties. The in-state guns recovered by police in Monroe County accounted for 18 percent of all of the in-state guns recovered in the entire state.

What does this tell us? Rochester Police Chief Michael Ciminelli has said the community has a problem with guns that originate close to home. Legal guns are stolen from cars and houses. Drug addicts sell their legal weapons for cash. Family members steal legal weapons to sell on the street. These guns end up in the hands of criminals. In some cases,people can lose their permits if they’re found to have sold their weapons illegally or stored them carelessly.

We’ve had terrible tragedies as a result of stolen guns, including the 2009 shooting of Officer Anthony DiPonzio and the 2015 Genesee St. mass shooting.

The city has a safe storage law, requiring weapons to be secured. County Legislator Ernest Flagler-Mitchell is pushing for a countywide measure.

An additional proposal is to run public education campaigns. That wouldn’t require a new law or new penalties. Remind gun owners they don’t want to become a victim of a crime that leads to another victim. It would be a common-sense way to raise awareness and my guess is it would have bipartisan support, as well as support from law enforcement.


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One Response to Guns: What’s Different in Monroe County

  1. October 27, 2016 at 10:15 am Some Guy responds:

    Welcome back! Sorry about the dirty tricks costing you your primary race for assembly, but I’m not the least surprised. You were attacked because you are the ultimate threat to their status quo, an outsider with a brain and ideals. Their tactics might have taken advantage of your sex, but their goal would have been the same had it been a hetero white male. The gay mafia in town protected their own, and the other interest groups didn’t dare raise their ire by siding with you or even remaining neutral.

    Onto the topic at hand though. Based on sales figures for the most popular rifles in the nation and the stats that required a lawsuit against the state to finally produce, it’s likely that 90+% of so-called “assault rifles” owned by people of Monroe county were never registered. So as far as compliance with the ban Cuomo and company passed ex-post-facto on the only specifically Constitutionally-protected form of property (turning the exercise of a specifically protected right into a statutory felony), what was so urgent when it is clear that no amount of restrictions on law-abiding people will stop criminals. Ditto for the magazines that are commonly used with such implements. And yet, none of them seem to run up in crimes…even though it was so important to the statist/control freaks to pass the bill in the middle of the night with no time for debate or review.

    I’m all in favor of stupid legislation and corrupt processes, it’s the only way an already bad and corrupt system can ensure its collapse will occur, because throwing frogs straight into boiling water will always make the frogs starkly aware of what is being done to them and elicit a defensive response.

    Rochester, and other urban cities do not have a gun violence problem, they have a moral values problem — a PEOPLE problem. Further micromanaging the lives of other people who are not and never have been the problem only ensures my side wins (liberty, the Constitution, et al): that is, government can only legitimately exist to protect the rights of the people, not to violate them. The progressive religion (worship of the state), demands the opposite. One of these views is moral, the other is as far from moral as can be.

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