Prosecuting Drivers of Violence
We’re holding people accountable for carrying guns. Gun violence spiked across the country during the pandemic, including here in Manhattan, and we’re meeting the moment by zeroing in on drivers of violence with our gun prosecutions. We also meet daily with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies through the Gun Violence Strategic Partnership to share information and focus resources on the most prolific drivers of violence.
- May 2022: We indicted a man for fatally shooting 48-year-old Daniel Enriquez inside a Manhattan-bound Q train in an unprovoked flash of violence that shocked our city.
- August 2022: We charged ten members of the Own Every Dollar (“OED”) criminal enterprise connected to a murder, attempted murder, and a string of violent armed robberies and shootings from Spring 2021 to Spring 2022 in Washington Heights, Midtown, the Lower East Side, and the Bronx.
- October 2022: We later indicted an additional seven OED associates for orchestrating a string of gunpoint robberies in Upper Manhattan. In a parallel investigation, the Southern District of New York also unsealed federal RICO charges.
Targeting Gun Traffickers
Almost every gun used in violent crime in Manhattan was trafficked here illegally from a state with weak gun laws. D.A. Bragg increased resources for gun trafficking enforcement, working closely with the NYPD and our federal partners. We’ll continue to target those who flood our neighborhoods with deadline weapons.
- June 2022: In just one week, we indicted two separate, unrelated gun traffickers for trafficking guns from North Carolina to New York City. Combined, the men trafficked 52 guns into Manhattan and sold them to undercover NYPD officers.
Tackling the Proliferation of Ghost Guns
D.A. Bragg is leading the fight against the new plague of “ghost guns,” firearms that are assembled from untraceable parts that can be ordered online. In partnership with the NYPD, we are increasing enforcement efforts, using wiretaps and undercover operations to make our city safe.
- May 2022: Francisco Martinez was sentenced to 5 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree for manufacturing eight operable, untraceable ghost guns in his Hamilton Heights apartment using component parts ordered online.
- May 2022: Alongside the Brooklyn D.A.’s Office, we indicted a man who illegally purchased and possessed a $20,000 arsenal of ghost gun parts, including more than 30 frames and receivers, nearly 300 high-capacity magazines, and related gear from online retailers.
- October 2022: We indicted a man who manufactured multiple ghost guns – including assault weapons – in his Lower East Side apartment. In total, he is charged with purchasing at least 55 ghost gun parts worth more than $7,000, including a fully automated machine that can manufacture ghost guns with the touch of a button.
Investing in Prevention
Our ultimate goal is to prevent gun violence from happening in the first place by supporting and investing in community-based organizations doing the boots-on-the-ground work. Our Community Partnerships Unit also offers Gun Violence Prevention presentations to reduce gun violence and strengthen community bonds.
Defending Our Gun Laws
New York State received a setback in getting guns off our streets when, in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, Inc. v. Bruen, the United States Supreme Court overturned an important aspect of our gun licensing law which had been on the books for over 100 years. In response to this decision, we worked closely with the New York State legislature to draft a new gun licensing law, which took effect September 1, 2022. D.A. Bragg has taken the lead in educating New Yorkers about what the decision and the new law means for them, and crucially, fighting to uphold our existing gun laws in our courts.
In early 2023, we filed two amicus briefs in support of essential gun violence prevention laws. The first, NSSF v James, was filed in support of Senator Zellnor Myrie’s legislation to hold members of the gun industry accountable for business practices that drive the trafficking of illegal guns. The second, Antonyuk v Nigrell – which was joined by the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens District Attorneys – was submitted in ongoing litigation over the Concealed Carry Improvement Act. “We prosecute gun cases in court every day, and litigation is another important avenue we are utilizing to protect our state’s tough gun laws,” said D.A. Bragg.