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[Patch] Families Of NYPD Shooting Victims Oppose New Cop Guns

New, easier-to-fire weapons will make it easier for NYPD officers to "play the role of judge, jury and executioner," they said in a letter.

NEW YORK CITY — The families of 21 New Yorkers who were shot and killed by NYPD officers voiced strong opposition to plans to give cops easier-to-fire handguns.

"This will not increase safety for New Yorkers or help the NYPD uphold the law," the Justice Committee family group wrote in a letter this week. "All it will do is make it easier for officers to play the role of judge, jury and executioner, as they did with our loved ones."

The letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea follows plans first reported in the New York Daily News to give new police recruits guns with reduced trigger pulls.

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