In addition to holding those who commit gun violence accountable, we proactively target major gun traffickers who import thousands of illegal guns each year. District Attorney Vance created our Violent Criminal Enterprises Unit to lead these prosecutions with a special focus on disruption of illegal trafficking of guns into New York City. Since 2010, our proactive investigations have led to the removal of more than 1,700 guns from New York City streets.
Prosecutors Against Gun Violence
In 2014, District Attorney Vance joined with Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer to found Prosecutors Against Gun Violence, an independent, nonpartisan coalition of big-city prosecutors working toward meaningful solutions to the national public emergency of gun violence. PAGV shares best practices for prosecuting gun offenders and fights for common-sense gun safety policies, such as improving the national background check system, preventing terrorists from obtaining dangerous weapons, and limiting access to guns by perpetrators of domestic violence.
Gun Buy Backs
We also work with high-risk communities to host gun buybacks, taking more than 140 guns off the streets in recent years, and provide educational programs aimed at ending gun violence. In the past, we’ve partnered with the NYPD, Harlem Mothers S.A.V.E., and 100 Black Men, Inc.
Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, CCRA
Strong state gun laws are under attack.
Legislation which recently passed the U.S. House of Representatives would require every state – including New York – to let people from states with weak gun laws carry concealed firearms while they are visiting. The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act (CCRA) would make any state-issued permit or privilege to carry concealed weapons valid everywhere – undermining public safety in some of America’s most celebrated neighborhoods and tourist attractions.
Our Office is working to defeat the CCRA in Congress, and if necessary, we will defeat it in the courts. We’re proud to work with the NYPD, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Major Cities Chiefs Police Association, and the Police Executive Research Forum to stop CCRA.
Here’s what law enforcement officials are saying about the bill: