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Up in arms: Gun seizures jumped 113% in NYC subway this year, NYPD says

Police officer standing outside of taped-off subway entrance, empty gun and bullet seized by police; bullets and gun seized by police
Police officer standing outside of taped-off subway entrance, empty gun and bullet seized by police; bullets and gun seized by police

Cops this year have seized 113% more guns in subway busts, troubling data obtained by The Post revealed.

Police recovered 17 guns from people arrested on the city’s rails through March 3, more than double the eight confiscated during the same period in 2023.

The 299 blades and other sharp weapons grabbed from crooks on city transportation represents a 50% increase from the 199 seized during the same period in 2023, the data show.

Gun seizures on subways have more than doubled this year. X @NYPDTransit
Gun seizures on subways have more than doubled this year. X @NYPDTransit

Overall, cops have seized 53% more weapons — which includes guns and “cutting instruments” — from people arrested in the subway system, confiscating 316 weapons compared to 207 during the same period in 2023, according to NYPD data.

Pre-pandemic, in 2019, just 126 weapons were taken from perps during this period.

“The odds of confiscating a gun is high because criminals are more emboldened than ever to carry a firearm because they know there are no consequences,” said Paul DiGiacomo, president of the NYPD detectives union, blaming the city’s broken criminal justice system.

“The real question is when are state legislators, district attorneys, and the City Council going to recognize and fix the crisis they created,” he added.

The shocking stats come as Gov. Hochul this week deployed 750 National Guardsmen along with 250 state and MTA police to check riders’ bags at busy stations, citing the gruesome, near-fatal slashing of subway conductor Alton Scott, 59, and a 64-year-old postal worker being kicked onto the tracks.

Many weapons seizures this year have come during fare-beating stops, one veteran cop said.

Three subway riders were killed in fatal subway shootings this year. X @NYPDTransit
Three subway riders were killed in fatal subway shootings this year. X @NYPDTransit

“They don’t do enough stopping on the trains with stop and frisk,” the cop said. “They get the knives and guns because of turnstile jumping.”

Mayor Adams announced a push to permanently increase the number of cops on subway platforms to combat the scourge of crime underground, which is up 13% so far this year compared to the same period in 2023, per police data.

The spate of subway violence this year has included three fatal shootings, between Jan. 14 and Feb. 23.

Cops this year have seized 113% more guns in subway busts, troubling data obtained by The Post revealed. cunaplus – stock.adobe.com
Cops this year have seized 113% more guns in subway busts, troubling data obtained by The Post revealed. cunaplus – stock.adobe.com

“A lot of people are wilding,” subway rider Brian Jacotin, 31, said about the spike in weapons seizures. “If I make it home, it’s by the grace of God.”

The governor and mayor’s plan to add patrols to the subways is a good start, he said.

“If they are going to do this, it has to be long-term. It can’t be until crime goes down [and] then they disperse,” he said.

Transit crime is up 13% this year compared to the same period last year. Matthew McDermott
Transit crime is up 13% this year compared to the same period last year. Matthew McDermott

An NYPD spokesperson blamed the surge in weapons on the subway system on a lax criminal justice system failing to properly punish criminals for “repeated criminal conduct, however minor in the eyes of some,” emboldening them to bring dangerous weapons onto the rails.

“The increase in weapons seizures can be attributed to the continued work of NYPD officers – who remain committed to the mission of public safety by confronting lawlessness, proactively engaging offenders, and removing weapons at near historic highs from the subway system,” they said.