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As New Gun Law Approaches, Seizures of Firearms in Largest Cities Keep Rising

The number of illegally used or owned guns taken off the streets in Oklahoma’s two most populous cities continues to be on the rise.

Data from the Oklahoma City and Tulsa police departments show gun seizures are up in both cities as officials say a mix of added crime-fighting enforcement measures and the ever-growing number of guns, owned legally or illegally by Oklahomans, is contributing to the increase. This comes as authorities say they’ll be watching whether Oklahoma’s new permitless-carry gun law, which is set to take effect Nov. 1, will prompt more seizures from those who carry a gun in violation of other restrictions, such as having a felony conviction.

“We are not specifically targeting guns by any means,” said Oklahoma City Police Department spokesman Capt. Larry Withrow. “But logic tells you that as more guns are sold, law enforcement will take more guns off the street as a byproduct of other crime enforcement work, especially when we are working high crime areas.”

 

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