ALBANY, NY (Erie News Now)— In a public safety announcement Monday, Gov. Kathy Hochul said the state is making significant progress combatting crime since the implementation of improved red flag laws in Sep. of 2023. 

“That’s why we’re seeing real results, the law is working as I intended and it’s saving lives. Fewer guns, leads to less gun crime,” said Hochul. 

THE GOVERNOR SAid GUN SEIZURES ARE UP 160 PERCENT SINCE SHE TOOK OFFICE IN the summer of 2021.  

IN 2023 ALONE, STATE POLICE HAVE FILED MORE THAN 1300 EXTREME RISK PROTECTION ORDERS OR RED FLAGS AND SEIZED A TOTAL OF 2,549 GUNS. 

TO DATE THIS YEAR THE STATE POLICE HAS OBTAINED 290 EXTREME RISK PROTECTION ORDERS AND seized ALMOST 600 GUNS— INCLUDING TWO 3d PRINTERS TO ASSEMBLE GUNS, ALSO CALLED GHOST GUNS BECAUSE THEY ARE UNTRACEABLE.  

“The Governor certainly since I’ve been in position for three plus weeks gave what our initiative ought to be. And this is just a small indication of what we hope to replicate throughout the state and our initiation to combat crime,” said Steven James, acting superintendent of the New York State Police.

GOV. HOCHUL WAS adamant THE STATE'S COMPREHENSIVE AUTO THEFT REDUCTION STRATEGY IS MAKING PROGRESS— WITH THEFTS DOWN 55 PERCENT IN ROCHESTER, 45 PERCENT IN BUFFALO AND AROUND 20 PERCENT IN ALBANY COUNTY.