Fri Sep 28, 2012, 03:03 PM
SecularMotion (4,392 posts)
'Stash guns' give Staten Island hoodlums quick access to firearms
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- When Damark King shot out the left eye of a toddler in Mariners Harbor last year, he didn't initially have a gun on him -- but he knew where to find one.
That gun, it turned out, was what law enforcement officials here refer to as a "community gun" or a "stash gun" -- one of several firearms stashed away in easy-to-access locations, like a trunk of an abandoned car, or a mailbox, or a garbage can.
"Somebody yelled, 'go get the gat.' And everybody knew where it was," said District Attorney Daniel Donovan.
Authorities believe the NYPD's stop-and-frisk tactics has fueled the "stash gun" trend -- criminals expect to be searched, so they're more likely to hide the guns nearby to avoid being caught with a weapon.
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