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DA Vance and New York City Council Member Mark Levine hosted a community forum last night in Manhattan Valley to address the recent uptick in reports of hate and bias crimes. The forum, held at Edward A. Reynolds West Side High School on West 102nd Street, welcomed more than 130 local residents and community members. Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and Public Advocate Leticia James also attended and addressed the audience.

On the first day of the new Congress, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act was introduced in the House, and in February a similar bill was introduced in the Senate. The legislation requires New York state and New York City to honor concealed-carry firearms permits issued in other states. This would be a dangerous and unwarranted interference with state and city laws, undermining public safety in some of America’s most celebrated neighborhoods and tourist attractions.

The legislation makes any permit to carry concealed weapons valid in New York City, regardless of where it was issued. This would supersede New York’s restrictive permitting policies. That’s a shame, because those policies have been a major contributor to the city’s historic reduction of gun crime in the past quarter-century, and many other states have extremely lax controls in place.

DA Vance today announced the launch of “Too New York to Hate,” an awareness campaign aimed at encouraging victims and witnesses of potential hate crimes to report such incidents to the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office’s Hate Crimes Unit. District Attorney Vance will introduce the new campaign tonight at a community forum on hate crimes hosted with New York City Council Members Mark Levine, Helen Rosenthal, and Bill Perkins at West Side High School on West 102nd Street.

A pair of brothers used Chinatown buses and Uber cars to smuggle guns from South Carolina to areas around the Big Apple, officials said on Wednesday. Shavar Stuckey, 31, and Levon Jackson, 30, who are half-brothers, are both facing a 203-count indictment that includes charges of fourth-degree conspiracy and first, second and third-degree criminal weapons sales, according to the Manhattan District Attorney’s office. Devon Heatley, 32, and South Carolina residents Troy Allen, 32, Shakial Shephard, 22, and Liq’uel Robinson, 19, are also facing multiple charges for allegedly supplying the firearms for Stuckey and Jackson to sell, said the DA’s office.

An Italian sweet shop owner who stole millions of dollars from her elderly former employer to finance her business was sentenced to three to nine years in prison Wednesday, the Manhattan District Attorney’s office said. Selvaggia Pizzetti, 44, who ran a now-shuttered gelato and pastry cafe called Crave.It on Sixth Avenue near West 15th Street, stole more than $2.8 million from a 95-year-old man for whom she worked as an assistant between January 2010 and March 2016, prosecutors said.