Top NYPD Official Blames ‘ghost Gun’ Threat On Bail Reform

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An NYPD bigwig blamed bail reform for the number of guns flooding the Big Apple’s streets and worried about the proliferation of untraceable “ghost guns” in a radio interview that aired Sunday.

“There has not been a time in modern history where this many people have been walking around with guns not fearful of the consequences,” Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence and Counterterrorism John Miller told host John Catsimatidis on his WABC 770 AM radio show.

Miller pointed to an incident just last week to illustrate his point. An NYPD cop, Officer Dennis Vargas, of the Bronx Borough public safety team, was shot in the arm in an exchange of gunfire with a man who had been freed ahead of a sentencing date connected to a past gun bust. The suspect, Rameek Smith, was killed in the Tuesday shootout.

“So you see the triangle of quality of life crimes lead to people involved in other violations of the law, including violent crimes,” Miller said.

City and police officials have made shootings a priority in terms of crime-fighting — with the NYPD launching special anti-gun teams to combat the scourge.

Miller displays a photo of a gun.

Miller displays a photo of a gun.To illustrate his point, Miller spoke about last week’s shooting which left an NYPD cop injured and a repeat offender out without bail dead.William C. Lopez/NY Post

Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell has said the department is “making noticeable headway” through its increased patrols and Neighborhood Safety Teams.

Nearly 70% of those busted by the new anti-gun units have a prior criminal history, officials have said. But, as The Post revealed last month, some suspects allegedly busted with weapons by the teams were allowed to walk free within hours of their arrest — thanks to lax judges and bail reform.

In the interview, Miller also sounded the alarm about the number of so-called ghost guns – firearms without serial numbers that are bought in parts and built – spiking and adding to the dangerous mix.

“There’s companies that sell the parts and then you log onto a YouTube video and it tells you how to assemble the parts,” Miller, who has met with the ATF in DC about the guns, said.

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