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Top NYPD official blames bail reform with ‘ghost gun’ threat

A NYPD bigwig blamed bail reform for the number of guns flooding the streets of the Big Apple and worried about the proliferation of untraceable “ghost guns” in a radio interview that aired Sunday.

“There has never been a time in modern history when so many people have walked around with guns without fear of the consequences,” Assistant Commissioner for Intelligence and Counterterrorism John Miller told host John Catsimatidis on his radio show WABC 770AM.

Miller pointed to an incident just last week to illustrate his point. An NYPD police officer, Officer Dennis Vargas of the Bronx Borough Public Safety Team, was shot in the arm in a shootout with a man released before a sentencing date in connection with a past gun bust. Suspect Rameek Smith was killed in Tuesday’s shooting.

“So you see, the quality of life crime triangle leads to people being involved in other violations of the law, including violent crime,” Miller said.

City and police officials have made shootings a crime-fighting priority – with the NYPD deploying special anti-gun teams to deal with the Scourge.

Miller shows a photo of a gun.
To illustrate his point, Miller spoke about last week’s shooting that left an NYPD officer injured and a repeat offender dead without bail.
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Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell said the department is making “noticeable progress” through its strengthened patrols and neighborhood security teams.

Almost 70% of those arrested by the new anti-gun squads have a criminal record, officials said. But as The Post revealed last month, some suspects allegedly caught by the teams with guns were allowed to walk free within hours of their arrest – thanks to lax judges and bail reform.

In the interview, Miller also sounded the alarm about the skyrocketing number of so-called ghost guns — guns without serial numbers that are bought and built in parts — adding to the dangerous mix.

“There are companies that sell the parts, and then you log into a YouTube video and it tells you how to put the parts together,” said Miller, who met with the ATF in DC about the guns.

Recently confiscated ghost weapons are on display at Police Headquarters.
Miller said the number of ghost weapons has increased to hundreds from 17 in 2018.
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“Under current federal law, which is about to change, it is not considered a firearm by these companies because they sell parts and not a finished firearm. Nobody gets a background check. Nobody has a license. Nobody has a permit.”

The number of ghost weapons has increased to hundreds from 17 in 2018, he said.

NYPD statistics released last month showed the number of ghost guns found in the city has skyrocketed this year, with 131 recovered between January 1 and April 6. That’s a staggering 351 percent increase from the 29 recovered by police during the same period in 2021. The ghost guns accounted for 12 percent of all weapons found to date, according to the NYPD.

Recently confiscated ghost weapons are on display at Police Headquarters
The NYPD predicts it will pick up between 500 and 700 ghost guns in 2022.
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“We now assume that we’ll probably collect between 500 and 700 Ghost Cannons,” Miller said of 2022.

“No serial numbers, totally untraceable and fully functional like a firearm, and we find them at crime scenes.” “For the criminal element, the gun is with no father, no mother, no way to trace it, a dream machine that causes death.

Mayor Eric Adams has asked for more help from the federal government and New Yorkers themselves to help combat the scourge of ghost guns.

How many ghost gun shootings in the city are linked, Miller couldn’t say when asked recently.

https://nypost.com/2022/05/15/top-nypd-official-blames-ghost-gun-threat-on-bail-reform/ Top NYPD official blames bail reform with ‘ghost gun’ threat

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