Police report nearly 6,000 illegal guns have been taken off of the streets this year

FILE - In this April 10, 2013, file photo, a man holds a newly-assembled AR-15 rifle in New Britain, Conn. A gun shop in McHenry, Ill., is raffling an AR-15 rifle to benefit victims of the June 12, 2016, nightclub shooting in Orlando, Fla. The semi-automatic weapon is similar to the one gunman Omar Mateen used in that shooting. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

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As August comes to an end, police say they have seized nearly 6,000 illegal guns from the streets of Chicago so far and that number is only rising as the months pass.

During the same period of time last year, officers reported having seized 250 less guns than they have this year, possibly explaining the recent rise in crime the city has seen, according to KWQC.

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The Chicago Sun Times reported the number of arrests between 2015 and 2016 dropped 24 percent, giving an optimistic look to the situation. However, a day later, Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson announced the confiscated weapon numbers saying arrests have dropped, but the gun seizures and a rise in the number of arrests of suspects of violent crimes shows that officers are giving their best effort in the battle against crime.

With an increase in the number of weapons removed from the streets, police are working hard to keep Chicago safe despite the recent rise of violence seen not only in Chicago, but across the nation in recent weeks.

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With this number increasing, it is comforting to know the number of homicides so far this year has dropped slightly from this time last year which saw more homicides than any year in the last two decades. With police taking weapons off of the streets, it seems Chicago is a bit safer than it may first appear.

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