Where police collect most guns in Chicago – NBC Chicago
Chicago Police are on track to recover more than 12,000 firearms this year, a record and more than New York and Los Angeles combined.
But these numbers are very different depending on where you are in the city. And although more and more guns have been taken off the streets, shootings have continued to increase from last year.
Data provided by the Chicago Police Department shows that 8,229 firearms were recovered across the city at the end of August, with four more months in the year. This figure marks a 19.2% increase in weapons recovered compared to the same period in 2020.
Last year, Chicago police recovered a total of 11,273 firearms. In New York City, home to more than three times as many people as Chicago, the figure was 4,280, according to police. Officials in Los Angeles, which has about 1.4 times the population of Chicago, said police recovered 6,536 guns in 2020. In Houston, the fourth largest city in the United States immediately after Chicago, the police recovered 5,241 firearms last year.
In Chicago, the number of guns recovered varies widely among the city’s 22 police districts, according to the data.
Chicago Police Department District Firearms Data
The 6th District, which includes parts of the Auburn Gresham, Chatham and Greater Grand Crossing neighborhoods on the south side, recorded the highest number of gun recoveries in the first eight months of the year at 993 – up 58.4% from last year.
That figure is more than 13 times the total of the 73 guns police have recovered so far this year in the 17th District, the district with the fewest gun recoveries and includes North Park, Albany Park, Irving Park and Avondale in the northwest.
The second highest number of gun recoveries this year were in the 11th district, at East Garfield Park, West Garfield Park and Humboldt Park. Police had recovered 840 weapons there by the end of August. Next are Englewood and West Englewood, where 7th District police recovered 739 guns.
But more weapons recovered this year did not translate into a drop in fire, which also increased from 2020.
In Chicago’s first eight months of the year, at least 2,951 people were shot dead, including 493 fatally, up 8.6% and 6.3%, respectively, from last year.
Elena Gottreich is a former prosecutor who is now the deputy director of prosecution strategy for the Chicago Police Department tasked with creating a new plan to attack the flow of illegal weapons into the city.
“We are collecting more weapons than ever before,” Gottreich said. “But what we need to do is get them back before they end up in the hands of people who are not allowed to have them.”
As part of this initiative, the Superintendent. David Brown announced in July a team of 50 officers focused on gun dealers, straw buyers and anyone else putting guns in the wrong hands in Chicago.
Gottreich said part of the department’s strategy is to continue to focus on the aggressive prosecution of armed offenders.
“All we can do in Chicago, in the Chicago Police Department, is present the best possible case,” she said.