NYC’s Gun Problem: Handguns, Not Assault Weapons

TINLEY PARK, IL - DECEMBER 17:  A customer shops for a pistol at Freddie Bear Sports sporting goods store on December 17, 2012 in Tinley Park, Illinois. Americans purchased a record number of guns of guns in 2012. Gun sales have surged recently with people buy guns for personal protection following the mass shooting in Connecticut and gun enthusiasts buying guns because they fear a reinstatement of the assault weapons ban. About 47 percent of Americans own guns.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Photo: Scott Olson/2012 Getty Images

NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly would like to remind New Yorkers that as nice as an assault-weapons ban would be for this country, it’s not likely to affect us directly: “Ninety percent, or 2,493, of the 2,779 illegal firearms seized from suspects in arrests in the city last year were handguns,” he writes in a New York Post column today. “By contrast, a total of 77 assault weapons were seized in arrests in the city, less than 3 percent of the total.” The handguns, meanwhile, almost all come illegally from other states. Get your act together, America.