Chicago Police confiscate 2,800 guns since start of 2016

The Chicago Police Department touted a new number on Thursday: 2,800 -- the number of guns that they've gotten off the streets since the start of this year.

Chicago police are attributing the amount of seizures to gun buy-back events, increased policing efforts and cracking down on organized crime.

According to a statement, CPD recovered seven times more guns per capita than the New York Police Department and more than twice per capita as the Los Angeles Police Department.

"Easy access to illegal guns is a driver of the unacceptable violence on Chicago's streets, and we will continue working to remove these guns from our communities," Superintendent Eddie Johnson said in a statement. "For every gun we take off the street, we have the potential to save another life and make our neighborhoods safer."

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