More than 80% of the perps were pistol-packing put back on the streets after resorting to gun ownership in New York City this year, Mayor Eric Adams said Wednesday.
“When it comes to guns, this year, 2,386 people were arrested with a gun. Of those, about 1,921 are out on the street,” said Adams during a news conference on bond reform and foreclosure.
“Grab a gun, out in the street.”
Adams said: “Gun in custody: 19.5%. Out of custody: over 80%.”
“How do you take a gun law seriously when massive numbers are back on the streets carrying guns?” he asked.
Adams also highlighted the number of gun suspects who have been re-arrested – and re-released.
“165 people have been arrested this year with a second gun charge,” he said.
“Of those, 82 – out on the street. Not one arrest but two gun arrests – back out on the street,” he said.
Adams did not specify how many defendants were released without bail or how many bonds were posted to get him out.
All gun possession charges are eligible for bail under New York law, which requires judges to impose the least restrictive conditions to ensure defendants return to court.
In 2019, the year before the state’s controversial bond reform law took effect“We arrested 80 people for gun crime who were carrying an open gun,” Adams said.
In 2021, he said, “the number was 259” – more than three times more.
Adams also said that in 2019, 20 people arrested in the shooting already had gun possession charges pending, but last year the number almost quadrupled to 77.
Also during a news conference Wednesday at One Police Plaza, NYPD Chief of Crime Control Strategies Michael Lipetri said, “We like to talk about credible messengers when we work with our social service providers … to deliver the message to the staff member. about stopping the violence. “
But Lipetri said “the credible messenger today in New York City is the crew member that was caught with a gun yesterday, that’s out today, that’s saying to that crew, ‘Well, look at me, I can carry a gun in New York City.’”
Lipetri said the NYPD was investigating 716 suspects in 30% of the roughly 2,400 shootings that have occurred since 2021.
“Of those individuals, 54% – almost 385 – have open felonies today,” he said.