Report: Most guns used in NY crimes bought in other states

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NEW YORK (AP) — New York’s attorney general says an analysis of 52,915 guns used to commit crimes statewide shows that three-quarters of them were originally purchased in another state.

The report released Tuesday by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is intended to pressure the federal government and state governments to enact stricter gun control laws.

The report looks at data from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives on guns used in to commit crimes in New York between 2010 and 2015.

Schneiderman said guns are trafficked from other states because “it’s hard for bad guys to get guns in New York.”

But the analysis shows that some of the weapons were originally purchased in states such as Massachusetts and Connecticut that have relatively strict gun laws, as New York does.

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