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NYC Criminal Justice Coordinator
Illegal Guns

MOCJ has spearheaded Mayor’s efforts to keep guns out of the hands of criminals through a four-pronged strategy combining:
  • Smart new state and local laws,
  • Tough enforcement,
  • Innovative litigation, and
  • Support of a nationwide coalition.

MOCJ’s legislative initiatives have included passage of the country’s first local Gun Offender Registration Act, which requires convicted gun felons to report for four years after release so that the NYPD can continue to track them.  Baltimore, MD and Utica, NY have since passed programs modeled on GORA, and other cities are considering similar proposals. MOCJ has also helped the City fight for common-sense laws in Albany.  For example, in 2006 the City spearheaded the push to pass the nation’s toughest law on carrying a loaded illegal handgun -- a three-and-a-half year mandatory minimum sentence for that dangerous crime.

With 85% of guns recovered in crimes in New York City originally sold out of state, MOCJ spearheaded an undercover investigation that led to lawsuits against 27 gun dealers in five states who were among the top sources of guns recovered at crime scenes in the City.  A Johns Hopkins study of dealers who settled with the City found a 75% drop in the share of guns originating from these dealers and recovered in New York City crimes. More recently, the City unveiled an investigation of seven gun shows in three states, catching 35 gun sellers breaking the law.
Watch the undercover videos and learn more

MOCJ has also developed national initiatives to combat illegal gun trafficking.  In 2006, Mayor Bloomberg joined with Boston Mayor Tom Menino to found the coalition of Mayors Against Illegal Guns.  Now more than 500 mayors strong, the coalition promotes common-sense strategies to help keep Americans safe.

One major policy focus of the coalition is the effort to close the Gun Show Loophole.  This gap in federal legislation gives people who would not be able to legally obtain a gun an easy way to buy one at a gun show without having to pass a background check.  The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) found that 30 percent of illegally trafficked guns are connected to gun shows, and the coalition has taken steps at the state and federal level to close this loophole and keep illegal guns out of the hands of criminals and other dangerous people.
Learn more about the Mayors Against Illegal Guns