The Chicago Police Department has pulled more than 2,800 guns off the street since the start of the year. The police department credits the gun acquisitions to gun buy-back events, targeted organized crime stings and increased policing efforts.
"Easy access to illegal guns is a driver of the unacceptable violence on Chicago's streets, and we will continue working to remove these guns from our communities," Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson said. "For every gun we take off the street, we have the potential to save another life and make our neighborhoods safer."
According to the police department, Chicago seizes more guns than any other city in the nation when considering the numbers per capita. In 2012, based on population, CPD recovered seven times the number of guns seized by the New York Police Department and twice the amount of guns possessed by the Los Angeles Police Department. Even still, the rate of gun-related homicides is much higher in Chicago than in New York and Los Angeles, illustrating "the ease of access to illegal guns in Chicago remains the most serious public safety threat" in the city, according to CPD.