ALBANY -- Seventy-four percent of guns used in crimes in New York originated from other states, and even a larger percentage of recovered handguns came from outside the state, a report Tuesday found.
While New York has strong gun-control laws, the flow of guns from other states has hampered New York's ability to control gun crime, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said in the report.
He said 86 percent of handguns between 2010 and 2015 recovered by law enforcement in New York came from out of state.
“The data makes one thing abundantly clear: New York’s strong gun laws are being undermined at every turn by lax laws in other states,” Schneiderman, who will release the report later Tuesday, said in a statement.
The report examined the purchase history of the nearly 53,000 “crime guns” recovered by law enforcement in New York between 2010 and 2015. A “crime gun” was defined as any gun connected to a crime secured by law enforcement.
The data, based on an examination of federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives statistics, showed the problem of illegal guns emanates from states with weaker gun laws.
That's particularly the case along the Interstate 95 corridor along the East Coast, including states such as Pennsylvania, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida, Schneiderman said.
In 2013, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state Legislature passed the SAFE Act, a series of tough gun measures that gun-rights groups opposed.
But Cuomo and gun-rights advocates have complained the law's effectiveness has been hindered by less strong laws in other states and on the national level.
Schneiderman urged Congress to pass laws that would require universal background checks and close sale loopholes at gun shows.
He also said Congress should make gun trafficking a federal crime and expand data tracking of guns.
Other findings in the report:
Of the 52,915 firearms recovered between 2010 and 2015, only 6 percent came from the possessor who was the original purchaser -- so about 3,200.
At nearly 40 recoveries per 100,000 people last year, New York's per-capita recovery rate was half the national average of 84 per 100,000 people.
Of the 30,595 guns that could be tracked, 6,162 appeared to be recently brought into the state.
Above the national average
In the report, 34,344 of the 46,514 recovered guns came from another state -- which is above the national average for out-of-state guns.
Over half the guns recovered came from the so-called "Iron Pipeline" along the I-95 corridor.
New York had a high rate of out-of-state gun recoveries: the 75 percent recovery rates compared to a national average of 29 percent.