NEW YORK -- There is a big reason why local leaders are so concerned about.
According to the NYPD, there were 1,531 shooting incidents in 2020. That's a shocking 97 percent increase from 2019.
As a result, authorities have been working on disrupting.
The bad guys buy firearms, mostly handguns, from states south of New York along the I-95 corridor. They then transport the weapons to New York markets.
The states we're talking about are Pennsylvania, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. They are supplier states, and the steady stream of weapons along I-95 has led to the nickname the "Iron Pipeline."
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The New York State Attorney General's Office keeps a close eye on where those likely-trafficked guns in the city come from.
According to a recent report, Virginia supplied 19 percent of New York City's likely-trafficked guns. Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Georgia were next on the list with 13 percent.
Those states were followed by North Carolina and Florida.
As for New York, zero percent of likely-trafficked guns in the city actually came from the state.
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