9 guns seized off Providence streets this weekend in an 8 hour span

Over 100 guns have been seized this year, already.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — In an eight hour time span this weekend, Providence police said nine guns were seized off the streets.

Providence officials are calling this “almost unheard of.”

This brings the number of guns seized this year in the city over 100. Last year in total, 210 guns were nabbed.

Col. Hugh Clements, praising the department’s hard work, saying that “this could have been a really bad headline for Providence.”

Clements said one person had two guns and another had three. The first gun arrest, said the colonel, was made just before 7 p.m. Saturday. The last one was at 2:30 a.m. Sunday.

Officials highlighting that all of these guns taken off the streets were newer and “high power.” One of the guns was a Glock, which police said had the potential to fire 28 rounds in under three seconds.

Providence police, along with Elorza, said that by the end of next month, new license plate reader technology will be used in the city. This technology captures license plates of cars involved in crimes.

The mayor said they will be transparent with civil liberty concerns.

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