Police at the scene after two NYPD officers were shot in Harlem on January 21, 2022. The gun used to kill the officers was stolen in Baltimore five years ago, according to authorities.

High number of firearm recoveries underscores America's worsening gun violence epidemic

Updated 3:03 AM ET, Sun January 30, 2022

(CNN)Earlier this month, two NYPD officers were killed while responding to a domestic disturbance call. According to authorities, the suspect used a Glock 45 that was stolen in Baltimore in 2017, prompting city and state officials to call for stronger measures against gun violence and gun trafficking across state lines. The tragedy highlighted a growing concern about the seeming flood of firearms across America.

Law enforcement agencies in some of the country's biggest cities seized or recovered near decade-high numbers of firearms in 2021, according to data provided to CNN. Many police departments also reported recovering high numbers of "ghost guns" — untracked and untraceable firearms that are often bought online and assembled at home.
"We have to stop the flow of guns," said New York City Mayor Eric Adams in a press conference on January 24. "We are removing thousands of guns off our streets, and it appears as though for every gun we remove from the street, five are coming in. That is unacceptable."
In New York, police made 4,497 gun arrests in 2021, up 3% from 2020 but a 26% rise from 2019. Adams said in the press conference that police had recovered more than 6,000 guns in the city last year.
The high volume of guns recovered comes as the country has seen a surge of gun violence since the onset of the pandemic. A CNN analysis showed that more than two-thirds of the country's most populous cities recorded more homicides in 2021 than the previous year, with at least 10 setting all-time homicide records -- with the majority committed with a firearm.
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