New York City on Track for Another Year of Record-Breaking Gun Arrests

New York City is on track to see a record number of gun arrests in 2021, following a historic number of gun arrests last year.

During a recent press conference, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said that the city has seen "more gun arrests this year than we've seen at any time, proportionally, since 25 years ago."

According to de Blasio, in July 2021, shooting incidents decreased by 35 percent when compared to the same time in 2020. Additionally, the city also saw a decrease in murders in July by 49.1 percent, according to de Blasio.

"The NYPD fought back gun violence with gun arrests. 383 gun arrests in July alone," de Blasio said. "That is 133 percent more than last July."

The New York City mayor continued, "in the seven months of this year so far, gun arrests are up 44 percent."

De Blasio went on to describe the increase in gun arrests as a "stunning number."

NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea echoed de Blasio's comments during the press conference on Thursday.

"We finished last year in New York City with the most gun arrests, you'd have to go back 25 years," Shea said. "Already this year, building on that, we are up 44 percent."

In a tweet on Monday, Shea wrote that the NYPD made 4,286 gun arrests in 2020.

"And this year, officers have already made more than 2,660 gun arrests — up 44% from this time last year," Shea's tweet said.

Gun violence is on the mind of every NYC cop. In 2020, your NYPD made 4,286 gun arrests — a 25 year high.

And this year, officers have already made more than 2,660 gun arrests — up 44% from this time last year.

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— Commissioner Shea (@NYPDShea) August 3, 2021

According to data released by the NYPD, the city also saw a similar decrease in crime in June when compared to the same month in 2020. The data from June shows that murders were down 23.3 percent from June 2020, while shooting incidents fell by 19.5 percent.

During the press conference on Thursday, Shea also spoke about the recent arrests made of nine suspects connected to an "interstate gun trafficking scheme."

According to a press release from the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Southern District of New York, nine suspects were charged "with conspiracy to commit gun trafficking and gun trafficking, in connection with their involvement in a scheme to illegally transport firearms from Georgia for resale to residents of New York."

In a statement, Manhattan U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss said, the "arrests shut down the alleged gun pipeline of these nine defendants."

Strauss continued, "These arrests should also send a message to anyone who is thinking about illegally selling guns to New Yorkers or illegally bringing guns to New York: We and our law enforcement partners are watching. And we will prosecute gun traffickers to the fullest extent of the law."

Newsweek reached out to the NYPD for further comment but did not receive a response in time for publication.

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Gun arrests in New York City are up by 44 percent compared to the previous year, which saw the most gun arrests in 25 years. Above, a New York City police SUV with two NYPD counter-terrorism officers sits on Broadway in New York, New York on April 15, 2016. Raymond Boyd/Getty