At a Glance | November 20

Firearm Recoveries Rise 3 Percent in New Jersey

The number of firearms recovered or seized in New Jersey rose 3 percent in 2016, to 3,918, from 2015, according to the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). Most reach New Jersey via Interstate 95, the “iron pipeline,” from states with looser gun laws, primarily Pennsylvania, Virginia, North Carolina and Georgia, the ATF data showed. In 2016, Newark had 523 firearms recovered, followed by Paterson (282), Trenton (271), Jersey City (232) and Camden (189). Nationally, firearms recovered and traced by ATF rose to 289,223, up 6.7 percent from 271,018 in 2015. So far in 2017, 449 weapons were recovered or seized in Newark, the state’s largest city, up from 377 during the same period a year ago, Newark Public Safety Director Anthony Ambrose told NJ Advance Media. Most of the 3,918 weapons recovered and traced in New Jersey in 2016 were handguns, including 2,268 pistols. The rest included 367 rifles, 296 shotguns, and seven fully automatic machine guns.

Overall Deaths from Terrorism Fall Globally, But Increase in United States and West

While the number of deaths from terrorism around the world fell in 2016 for the second consecutive year, the United States had more deaths—64—from extremist attacks than any year since 2001, when the 9/11 attacks claimed nearly 3,000, according to a new report. It recorded 25,673 deaths in 2016, down 22 percent from its peak in 2014, and down 13 percent from 2015, according to the 2017 Global Terrorism Index. The 64 US deaths included 49 shot and killed by Omar Mateen at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando. Nigeria saw the biggest improvement, as terrorism deaths attributed to Boko Haram fell 80 percent in 2016. However, terrrorism deaths from ISIS rose 49 percent. Some 94 percent of all terrorist deaths took place in the Middle East and north Africa, sub-Saharan Africa and south Asia.

Hate Crimes in United States Rise 5 Percent in 2016

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The FBI recorded more than 6,100 hate crimes in 2016, up 5 percent from 2015, and the second consecutive yearly increase. The total included 282 incidents in New Jersey. Over half the 4,229 racially motivated crimes were against blacks, while 20 percent were against whites, the report found. Jews were targeted in more than half the 1,538 crimes motivated by religion, while there were 307 anti-Islamic crimes, a 19 percent increase, the largest jump for any group. While the annual report covers the entire nation, authorities caution that it remains incomplete, in part because it depends on voluntary reporting by police. Crimes aimed at LGBT people rose to 234 in 2016, from 203 in 2015.

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