Today, Governor Hochul announces significant progress in combating gun violence in New York State, according to a press release from the Governor's office. 

The office notes, New York City and communities participating in the state's Gun Involved Violence Elimination initiative reported the fewest shooting incidents with injury last month since the first half of 2020.

"We are taking major steps in the right direction, but these numbers are still too high," Governor Hochul said. "Each and every incident is tragic, and each shooting represents an unquantifiable amount of pain and harm to victims and their communities. We must continue treating gun violence as the public health crisis that it is, by identifying the source, interrupting its transmission, and treating it." 

According to the Governor's office, a preliminary 2022 CDC report found New York had the lowest firearm homicide rate out of the ten largest states in the country in 2021. 

New York State has also strengthened and enforced it's Red Flag law, keeping guns out of possession of individuals who may pose a risk to others or themselves, noting law enforcement agencies seized 10,093 guns last year, which is an eleven percent increase from the previous year.