Hochul bans ‘lengthy weapons’ for National Guard troops deployed to NYC subway bag checkpoints

Hochul bans ‘lengthy weapons’ for National Guard troops deployed to NYC subway bag checkpoints

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul banned using lengthy weapons by National Guardsmen she despatched to verify luggage at Big Apple subway stations — as she continued to defend the controversial deployment.

Hochul issued the ban on military-grade rifles “instantly after” 750 troops have been deployed to the subway system, a spokesperson informed The Post Sunday.

After the deployment started final week, straphangers getting into the subway have been greeted by camouflaged and gun-toting troopers at bag-search checkpoints in a sight remiscent of town after the 9/11 terrorist assaults.

The transfer led to complaints that state leaders have been militarizing the subway system, and NYPD Chief of Patrol John Chell accused Hochul of treating the subways like a “struggle zone.”

“Stop the theater!” wrote former Police Commissioner Bernie Kerik in a publish on X, including that “the NYPD is aware of their job” and must be left to do it.

National Guard troops at bag search checkpoints within the NYC subway will now not carry heavy assault weapons Getty Images

Under Hochul’s new directive, some guardsmen will nonetheless be armed with assault weapons at sure postings all through the subway, however is not going to carry them on the precise bag checkpoints.

Troops first appeared within the subways on Wednesday to conduct random bag checks in a significant present of pressure Hochul stated would assist resolve the “disaster” of crime within the subways.

“These brazen heinous assaults on our subway system is not going to be tolerated,” Hochul stated.

“No one heading to their job or to go to household or go to a physician appointment ought to fear that the individual sitting subsequent to them possesses a lethal weapon,” the governor added.

“They shouldn’t fear about whether or not somebody’s going to brandish a knife or gun. That’s what we’re going to do with these checkpoints.”

Gov. Kathy Hochul has stood behind her deployment of the National Guard, saying commuters now not really feel protected Andrew Schwartz /

Hochul has hit again at critics, arguing the common commuter is feeling excessive ranges of “nervousness” on the system and that the National Guard will assist “complement” the NYPD’s efforts to maintain the subway protected.

“It is extra of only a bodily presence the place you’ll be able to see — in the event you’re feeling anxious and you are feeling safer whenever you see somebody that might shield you in the event you need assistance. If you need assistance, somebody is there,” the governor stated in a WBLS 107.5 FM interview Sunday.

“We had an uncommon spike of crimes, excessive profile crimes, horrifying crimes<” she went on. “Everyone’s considering that might have been me. And they might be deterred from happening the trains and utilizing the subway, and that’s precisely the alternative of what we wish to have occur. We need individuals to really feel protected and be protected.”

Straphangers are topic to random bag searches in the event that they wish to enter the subway system at some main stations

Subway crime spiked 45% in January in comparison with the identical month a yr prior — however dropped 15% in February, which Mayor Eric Adams credited to new NYPD patrols on the Subway.

Crime on the subway is up 13% general for the yr, based on NYPD statistics.

Hochul’s deployment of the National Guard is a component of a bigger five-point plan to make the subways safer, which incorporates:

  • Influx of 1,000 National Guardsmen, state and MTA cops.
  • Law to permit judges to ban transit assault perps from trains, buses.
  • Installation of CCTV cameras in all practice vehicles, conductor cabins.
  • Better coordination between NYPD and district attorneys to thwart recidivists.
  • $20 million to broaden Subway Co-Response Outreach psychological well being groups.

Additional reported by Vaughn Golden and Carl Campanile.



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