PATERSON, NJ - While Paterson, like cities across the nation, have seen an uptick in crime in 2020, efforts to reduce violence have also increased, leading to the recovery of 155 guns to date, Mayor Andre Sayegh announced Thursday.

In 2019 Paterson PD seized 141 guns and in 2018, 154 guns were confiscated. 

Referring to gun violence as a “debilitating issue,” Mayor Andre Sayegh pointed to the active role the Public Safety Division has taken in condemning these acts, including through his participation in the Everytown’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns Coalition, which advocates for life-saving gun safety reforms. 

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“This must end today,” Sayegh declared in July just hours after seven victims were shot, four fatally. 

Earlier this year, Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund issued grants to the Street Keepers and the Paterson Ceasefire Unit, groups that promote local gun violence prevention efforts. 

Sayegh and local law enforcement have also joined forces with the anti-violence initiative, Paterson Men Stand Up (PMSU), a local nonprofit organization that focuses on combating violent and senseless crime through services, treatment and opportunity. PMSU has been holding regular peace rallies in areas where violence has taken place, and, in September, headlined the 25th Annual Day of the Babies.

“This is a significant step toward a better quality of life for Patersonians,” said Sayegh said. “I commend the hard work of our law enforcement as they have consistently prioritized the safety of our community. We will continue to get guns off our streets as swiftly as possible. The safety of Patersonians is paramount.”

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