Reported gun crimes were down 19.4 percent through October of 2018 compared to the first ten months of 2017 in the City of Memphis and unincorporated parts of Shelby County, according to figures from the Project Safe Neighborhoods G.U.N. (Government United for Non-Violence) Unit. The latest figure builds on a 17.3 percent decline during the first three quarters of the year (January – September).
From January through October of 2018, there were 4,012 reported gun crimes compared to 4,980 during the same period in 2017.
Reducing gun crime is a major focus of the local Operation: Safe Community plan to reduce and prevent crime. The Memphis Shelby Crime Commission spearheaded development of the five-year plan with input from over four hundred citizens. The plan is now in its second year of implementation.
- Objectives under the plan related to a reduction in gun crime include:
- Vigorous enforcement of tough federal gun laws by the U. S. Attorney’s Office,
- Enactment of stiffer state sentences to curb illegal possession of firearms,
- An increase in resources for the Multi-Agency Gang Unit,
- A focused deterrence initiative by the District Attorney’s Office called Operation Comeback which seeks to move serious repeat offenders in the right direction while at the same time making it clear they will be held fully accountable if they continue their criminal behavior, and
- The FED UP, Gun Crime. Max Time media campaign, which also has the goal of changing behavior.
The following chart reflects reported gun crimes for the first ten months of 2016, 2017, and 2018.