A proposed new bill set to go on the floor this week would require the NYPD and the mayor’s office to publicly identify the locations and details of firearms seizures, including information on the dealers who sell guns and where they operate.
Spearheaded by New York Councilman Shaun Abreu (D-Manhattan), the end goal of this bill is to use the data to craft more effective policy when it comes to combating gun violence and to “help law enforcement be better prepared.
“We are in a very severe and dangerous gun violence crisis right now in our country,” said while speaking to reporters. “It is important that our city has the information it needs to develop policies to address crime, especially when it comes to gun violence.”
Expected to be introduced in a city council meeting this Thursday, under the bill, the NYPD and the Mayor’s Office to Prevent Gun Violence would work together to produce a report laying out details of gun seizures and provide policy recommendations with that data in mind. They’d also be required to include recommendations on how local and state governments can better coordinate in their efforts to curb the flow of illegal weapon sales.
“This bill targets dealers who sell illegal weapons in our city and promotes cooperation between states to stop these guns at ports of entry,” Abreu noted.