An NYPD bigwig blamed bail reform for the variety of weapons flooding the Big Apple’s streets and nervous in regards to the proliferation of untraceable “ghost guns” in a radio interview that aired Sunday.
“There has not been a time in modern history where this many people have been walking around with guns not fearful of the consequences,” Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence and Counterterrorism John Miller instructed host John Catsimatidis on his WABC 770 AM radio present.
Miller pointed to an incident simply final week for instance his level. An NYPD cop, Officer Dennis Vargas, of the Bronx Borough public security group, was shot within the arm in an alternate of gunfire with a person who had been freed forward of a sentencing date linked to a previous gun bust. The suspect, Rameek Smith, was killed within the Tuesday shootout.
“So you see the triangle of quality of life crimes lead to people involved in other violations of the law, including violent crimes,” Miller mentioned.
City and police officers have made shootings a precedence when it comes to crime-fighting — with the NYPD launching particular anti-gun groups to fight the scourge.
Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell has mentioned the division is “making noticeable headway” via its elevated patrols and Neighborhood Safety Teams.
Nearly 70% of these busted by the brand new anti-gun items have a previous legal historical past, officers have mentioned. But, as The Post revealed final month, some suspects allegedly busted with weapons by the groups have been allowed to stroll free inside hours of their arrest — because of lax judges and bail reform.
In the interview, Miller additionally sounded the alarm in regards to the variety of so-called ghost weapons – firearms with out serial numbers which can be purchased in elements and constructed – spiking and including to the damaging combine.
“There’s companies that sell the parts and then you log onto a YouTube video and it tells you how to assemble the parts,” Miller, who has met with the ATF in DC in regards to the weapons, mentioned.
“Under the current federal law, which is about to change, because they’re selling parts not a completed firearm it’s not considered a firearm by these companies. Nobody’s getting a background check. Nobody has a license. Nobody has a permit.”
The variety of the ghost weapons has skyrocketed from 17 in 2018 to the a whole lot, he mentioned.
NYPD statistics launched final month confirmed the variety of ghost weapons showing within the metropolis has exploded this yr, with 131 recovered between Jan. 1 and April 6. That is a staggering 351 p.c enhance over the 29 recovered by cops throughout the identical interval in 2021. The ghost weapons made up 12 p.c of all weapons recovered thus far, in response to the NYPD.
“We’re projecting now we’re probably going to pick up between 500 and 700 ghost guns,” Miller mentioned of 2022.
“No serial numbers, totally untraceable and totally functional as a firearm and we’re finding them at crime scenes.” “For the legal factor, the gun with no father, no mom, no method to hint it’s a dream machine that offers demise.
Mayor Eric Adams has known as for extra assist from the federal authorities, and New Yorkers themselves, to assist crackdown on the ghost weapons scourge.
Miller was unable to say what number of shootings have been linked to ghost weapons within the metropolis when requested lately.