ATF to Join NYPD to Fight Gun Crime in Gun-Control Mecca NYC

New York City is up there with Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Chicago in the race for anti-gun capital of the U.S. And like those other cities, because of the Big Apple’s draconian gun laws, gun-related crime is out of control.

Over the weekend there were 13 shootings, 17 victims and two homicides according to CBS2.

Since the city’s tough gun control laws have failed, the NYPD is now teaming up with the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, in an effort to reduce the violence.

“There’s going to be an increase in federal arrests – no doubt,” said ATF agent Charles Mulham.

“Now the government will even be also scrutinize the one-time felons, and they don’t necessarily have to have violent backgrounds,” Mulham continued. “They can be people with non-violent backgrounds, but have a felony nonetheless, and now arrested with a weapon.”

It’s clear that this is an effort to put more people behind bars for lengthy sentences.

According to CBS2 the “new federal anti-gun program will allow agents to go after people with as little as one prior felony arrest, and hit them with charges that could carry up to 10 years to jail. A longer record could get a gunman 15 years in a federal lockup.”

With mass incarceration already a problem in the US — we’re about 4.4 percent of the world’s population but have 22 percent of the world’s prisoners — one wonders whether the effort to round up non-violent offenders carrying firearms is the best solution to tackling gun crime in the big apple.

There’s no doubt that bad people need to be put behind bars, but one can’t help but to fret over the wider net the NYPD/ATF is casting to catch criminals. When has bigger government and more aggressive policing ever been good for the average citizen?

With the crazy gun laws still on the books and this robust anti-gun policing initiative rolling out, one can safely assume that NYC will continue to be a hostile place for those who value and respect the Second Amendment.

About the author: S.H. Blannelberry is the News Editor of GunsAmerica.

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  • Joe McHugh June 26, 2015, 8:14 pm

    “Major Strasser has been shot, arrest the usual suspects!” And just like the martinet French Captain Louis Renault said in the movie “Casablanca”, New York is going after the wrong people. We could suggest that the New York legislature go after the criminal element when they misbehave with guns, but those intelligence challenged liberals and RINOs wouldn’t listen to reason.

    I’m thinking that there are one or two New York State residents, that have no criminal record, who will be exercising civil disobedience if such a bill passes into law. That’s was the fate of the recently passed New York S.A.F.E. gun law that required certain long guns to be registered just like handguns. No one knows how many of these dangerous firearms are in private hands in New York. The reason? The owners of the “dangerous” rifles and shotguns generally declined to accede to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s favorite law. Governor Cuomo became so desperate that he asked the legislature to authorize funds for rewards for people to turn in the scofflaws. You know, estranged wives and angry girlfriends.

    It’s been over two years since the S.A.F. E. gun law was passed, and one of the New York based newspapers filed a “freedom of information” form to find out the number of New Yorkers who actually registered their firearms. Governor Cuomo refuses to let his state police department divulge the number of rifle and shotgun registrations. Apparently the number is so small that Cuomo can’t spin it into something……… well, not so ludicrous.

    Governor Andrew Cuomo now hides in his office in Albany, New York, and refuses to answer any questions about his pet S.A.F.E. gun law. Any reporter that dares ask about the matter is blackballed from attending future press releases about other state concerns.

    Pssst! Hey Governor Cuomo, next time wait until you become a tyrant before you act like one.

  • Jeremiah June 25, 2015, 12:08 pm

    By the time the ATF (Another Trying Fool) gets thru “joining” the liberally emasculated NYPD, they will complete the process of becoming a completely incompetent law-enforcement agency.

  • Larry Koehn June 22, 2015, 12:16 pm

    There can not be gun crime in NYC because guns are illegal there and it is also illegal for a convicted felon, or mental defective, to have a gun in the first place. The only thing to do is pass a new law declaring all of NYC to be a gun free zone and I am sure the criminals will respond to a law like that after all there have never been any shootings ever in gun free zones other then schools, theaters, malls, and other places where unarmed people gather. Only laws that disarm every law abiding citizen will force the criminals and terrorists to give up their guns on the first day pigs fly. After Bloomberg and the other left wing loons prepare what you are allowed to eat have a good desert of gun control.

  • DanF. June 22, 2015, 9:58 am

    I’ve got a great idea. Maybe ATFE can arrange to sell guns to those who can’t legally have them. Then they can track those guns to those criminal bigwigs who are stockpiling them and/or reselling them. Then they can arrest those folks. I’ve even got a good name for the program–Fast & Furious NYC.

  • Rick June 22, 2015, 8:23 am

    New York state as some as the strictest gun laws in the country but there complaining about the crime rate. They need to look at Kennesaw, Georgia. All house holds are required to have a firearm. See what happen to there crime rate.
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  • Phil June 22, 2015, 7:09 am

    While this is tragic I find the whole scenario rather amusing since there is a common thread throughout.
    Washington D.C., San Francisco, Chicago, and New York City are all Liberal bastions run by Democrats.
    Need I say more.

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