August 11, 2015 | 10:29pm  

 

Cops blame end of stop-and-frisk for fewest gun seizures in 8 years

By Jamie Schram, Shawn Cohen and Daniel Prendergast

Fewer guns were seized in the city in 2014 than in any other year since 2006, a new report says — and law-enforcement sources blame the dismal figure on the decrease in stop-and-frisks.

City authorities recovered just 3,552 traceable guns last year, or about half of the 7,068 recovered in 2006, when the federal Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives first started publishing such figures, the agency said.

Local law-enforcement sources pointed the finger at the NYPD’s reduced use of stop-and-frisk.

“The numbers are down because of a lack of stop, question and frisk and aggressive policing — 100 percent,” a high-ranking law-enforcement source said.

“We’ve also lost the ability to snap up low-level drug dealers, marijuana users,” the source added. “Those guys were a fountain of information, telling us where to find the guns, who was carrying them.

“That has hurt us in terms of getting more guns off the street,” the source concluded.

Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association President Pat Lynch agreed.

“No one should be surprised that fewer guns are being taken off the street while the number of shootings increases,” he said.

“There is an anti-police atmosphere in our city where our legislators are more concerned about making unnecessary and misguided laws that make an officer’s job more difficult and dangerous than they are about getting the illegal guns off the street.”

The NYPD did not respond to a request for comment.

But department sources insisted the figures don’t include guns that were recovered but not traceable because of such things as scratched-off serial numbers. Still, they couldn’t say how many untraceable guns had been recovered or comment on the fact that the downward trend is apples to apples.

The weapons tallied in the report were recovered by local and federal law-enforcement agencies. Of the 3,552 guns recovered in the city, 2,510 were said to have been seized by the NYPD.