One of the most alarming aspects of the rise in crime in Los Angeles is the number of incidents involving guns. Last year, 30.1% of all robberies involved a firearm, up from 21.1% during the pre-pandemic year of 2019.
The number of guns seized by the LAPD has also increased since the start of the pandemic. That includes a sharp rise in the number of “ghost guns,” or unregistered, self-made firearms, sometimes manufactured on 3D printers, that are virtually untraceable.
Moore highlighted the problematic rise in firearms at a recent meeting of the Los Angeles Police Commission, saying, “So our pressure points continue as we move into 2023 with identifying those persons who are carrying guns, and those persons who are trafficking guns, and to interrupt that cycle.”