This City Has The Most Violent Gun Crimes In New York State
Outside of New York City, this city in New York State has the highest rate of gun violence. New York has some of the strictest gun laws in the United States. Even though the Supreme Court ruled against the state's concealed carry law, NY has put some new rules in place. Anyone applying for a firearm permit in New York State must now take and pass a written test, as well as a live assessment test. Applicants must also provide three years of social media posts to authorities.
Even with many roadblocks in place, there is still a high incidence of gun violence in the state. Some areas, like Buffalo and New York City, have more violent crimes committed with firearms than others. Violent crimes, as defined by New York, are murder and non-negligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. The rankings below list the number of violent crimes and also those committed with a gun from the most recently released report from 2021(.)
In New York State, there were 12,762 violent crimes committed with a firearm (that were reported) in 2021. The overall state rate is 64.3 per 100,000 people.
Technically, Bronx has the highest violent gun crime rate.
1. Bronx (Bronx County) - 179.8 Rate (2,565 Crimes) in 2021
I wanted to take a look outside of New York City. Because that's where the largest population in the state is located, it's pretty much a given that New York City would be in the top. Aside from Staten Island (Richmond County), four of the five boroughs that make up New York City landed in the top 11.
11. Queens (Queens County) - 60.5 Rate (1,412 Crimes) in 2021
6. Manhattan (New York County) - 85.9 Rate (1,356 Crimes) in 2021
5. Brooklyn (Kings County) - 89.5 Rate (2,365 Crimes) in 2021
Not including New York City, the city in New York State with the highest violent gun crime rate is:
Rochester (Monroe County) - 134.9 Rate (1,025 Crimes) in 2021
Gun violence in Rochester is currently so bad that the Mayor has declared a state of emergency,
Mayor Malik D. Evans declared a Gun Violence State of Emergency in the City of Rochester in response to a surge in shootings and deadly shootings. Pursuant to N.Y. State Executive Law Section 24 (1) and (2) the Mayor of Rochester has issued a Proclamation of a Local State of Emergency effective today, July 21, 2022, due to a gun violence emergency. The Proclamation gives the Mayor broad powers to protect life and property and to bring the emergency under control.
You can read the full proclamation here.