VIDEO | LMPD Chief Steve Conrad talks about the amount of guns on Louisville's streets
As part of an exclusive, multi-part interview with WDRB on Thursday, Louisville Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad sat down with David Scott and Lindsay Allen to talk about the number of guns on the street, and the effect that has on crime in the city.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- As part of an exclusive, multi-part interview with WDRB on Thursday, Louisville Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad sat down with David Scott and Lindsay Allen to talk about the number of guns on the street, and the effect that has on crime in the city.
Chief Conrad said that there has been an effort within LMPD to get guns off the streets, but it can be hard when so many are distributed though "secondary markets."
"We've taken about 1,200 guns, [and] about 1,100 of those have been seized as evidence," he said. "A vast majority of guns get into this community through the secondary market. What you find is they go to a gun show, they can turn around and sell those guns ... there's no law against turning around and selling those guns. That's not illegal to do."
Chief Conrad added that short sentences in local jails make it easier for criminals to return to the streets and to a similar lifestyle that they left.
"More than a third of the guns that we seize are in the hands of convicted felons," he said. "What we're finding is they are being convicted, but these folks are getting out of jail long before their sentences are served ... Here, it is not unusual to have someone out in a month. What kind of message does that send? And I think that's why we have so many guns on the street."
Watch Chief Conrad's full segment on guns in the video player above.
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