LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Lieutenant Jason Grissom was admittedly surprised when the numbers rolled into his office of just how many guns had been seized by his Louisville Metro Police Department division this year.
"It's scary," Grissom said.
One-hundred guns had been taken off of the streets by the 101st day of the year. The division has seized 116 guns to date. Some of the seized weapons have been linked to shootings. However, Fourth Division officers couldn't confirm if any of the guns were connected to homicides.
This year, the Fourth Division worked on seizing guns to reduce violent crime and motivate officers. They're focusing on known individuals that engage in gun crimes and the locations where gun crimes occur. Unfortunately, in some cases, officers admit the seized weapons end up back on the street.
"It's frustrating," Grissom said. "We do a good job of getting guns off the street, then there's the potential for it to get back on the street and used in a crime. It's really frustrating."
Grissom said violent crime is declining in both his division and in the city. The Fourth Division plans to continue their gun seizure efforts.