Officers are not immune to theft; in fact, they are prime targets for firearms acquisition. There have already been numerous reports of off-duty cops being robbed of firearms, some even at gunpoint.

Aside from using firearms to commit crimes, criminals obtain them to sell on the black market, where more people with dangerous backgrounds will have easy access to firearms.

Between 2019 and 2020, the number of stolen guns, particularly in vehicles, in the United States increased alarmingly, with some of these cases involving firearms owned by off-duty officers, NBC News reported.

Meanwhile, according to data from Everytown for Gun Safety, “the number of guns reported stolen from individuals increased by nearly 60% between 2006 and 2016,” a staggering increase that poses a tremendous risk to public safety.

“Criminals are opportunists,” Everytown president John Feinblatt said back in May. “They’ll go where they think that they can capture guns and flood the black market with little or less risk.”

Last week, an off-duty NYPD officer in the Bronx had his gun stolen from him as soon as he stepped out of his vehicle. According to news reports, the suspect has taken the cop’s weapon and wallet, including his NYPD identification card.