News article from Yahoo! News about NYC Mayor Michael "I hate guns" Bloomberg taking his off Broadway show "Gun Show Sting" on the road again, this time to Arizona...not a coincidence...
"...and we need to get these high capacity automatic killing machines with exploding clips and lasers off our streets...unless you're Bobby DeNiro or one of my other friends in NYC..in that case don't forget to pick up your CCW on the way out..."
Only $100,ooo for the investigation...wow...must be nice to have that in your budget while some member cities of your coalition are laying off police officers due to budget shortages. Meanwhile back in NYC there are still inquiries about orchestrated slow downs during the December bizzard ordered by Sanitation department supervisors (that may have contributed to the death of an infant), the city's name is still synonymous with "Mafia" and the city is thinking about charging a $10 fee to enter lower Manhattan on the weekdays...
NYC mayor conducts gun-sale sting in Arizona
NEW YORK – Weeks after the shooting in Tucson, sellers at an Arizona gun show allowed undercover investigators hired by New York City to buy semiautomatic pistols even after they said they probably couldn't pass a background check, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Monday.
"After Tucson, you would think that people, particularly at a gun show in Arizona, would have been much more careful in enforcing the law," he said. "That unfortunately in some cases wasn't the case."
Bloomberg has authorized similar sting operations around the country as part of a push for tougher federal laws to help keep guns off the streets of New York.
But in the sensitive aftermath of the shooting Jan. 8 that killed six people and critically wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, the mayor was questioned about the time and place of his hidden-camera investigation, a $100,000 operation conducted almost clear across the country.
"Let me get this straight: From New York City, they are going to send people to Arizona to look into this?" said state Sen. Ron Gould, a Republican. "They might take a look a little closer to home if they are concerned about guns getting in their state."
Meanwhile, Democratic Arizona state Sen. Steve Gallardo introduced a bill Monday to require background checks for all sales at gun shows.
The operators of the Phoenix gun show where the investigators made their buys on Jan. 23 issued a statement Monday saying all exhibitors at its shows are required to follow state and federal gun laws.
"Mayor Bloomberg and his `task force' have no legal authority in the state of Arizona, or in any other place in America except New York City," said the statement from the Crossroads of the West Gun Shows. "These forays into America's heartland committing blatant acts to entrap otherwise innocent gun owners is an unlawful scheme that is created by Bloomberg's task force."
The private investigators, wearing concealed video cameras, were sold the 9 mm guns even after telling two separate sellers they probably couldn't pass background checks.
While many sellers at gun shows are not required under federal law to perform background checks, it is illegal for them to sell a weapon if they have reason to believe the buyer wouldn't be able to pass one, the mayor said.
The mayor said that without mandatory background checks, gun shows had become "magnets for criminals," and called for federal action to close what he said were dangerous loopholes in the law. Last week, Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., proposed federal legislation that would require background checks for all firearm purchases at gun shows.
Jim Cavanaugh, a retired agent for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, where he was in charge of the Nashville division, said he didn't believe the sales described by the mayor were, in fact, illegal.
"It's not a prosecutable offense" because the purchasers were not truly felons, minors or drug abusers and because they didn't tell the sellers definitively that they were, Cavanaugh said. As for Bloomberg, he said, "ATF has asked him not to do it and to please coordinate with ATF if he thinks a violation is occurring."
In 2007, the U.S. Justice Department warned in a letter to City Hall that such civilian operations risk "legal liabilities" and can "unintentionally interrupt or jeopardize ongoing criminal investigations."
The mayor conceded that most illegal guns in New York City are coming from states along the East Coast, but said the rampage in Tucson would bring national attention to the investigation.
The city-hired investigators also obtained a Glock gun and 33-round extended magazine similar to those authorities have said Jared Loughner used to open fire as Giffords met with constituents outside a supermarket.
Investigators have said Loughner legally purchased his ammunition the morning of the attack. He had cleared a federal background check and legally bought a Glock 19 at a big-box sporting goods store two months earlier.
Bloomberg's office said all the investigators were Arizona residents and broke no laws.
The mayor, who heads a national coalition of mayors advocating stronger gun control, argues that it is necessary to bring his battle across state lines because illegal guns from states with more lenient rules consistently find their way onto New York City's streets.
About 90 percent of the 5,000 guns confiscated by city police last year were from out of state, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said.
An almost identical 2009 sting operation targeted seven gun shows in Tennessee, Ohio and Nevada. As a result, organizers of 35 gun shows around the country — including the 1,300-table Big Reno Show in Nevada — have agreed to end all no-background-check sales, Bloomberg said.
In 2006, more city-hired undercover investigators posed as gun buyers making so-called straw purchases in Georgia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Virginia, with one person filling out the paperwork for another person's gun purchase.
ATF spokesman Drew Wade said Monday that he could not comment on whether the agency was investigating the city's findings.
This guy is a running joke. His Mayors Against Illegal Guns coalition is a farce, a scam and a kick in the collective groin of our 2nd Amendment. What they say the stand for I have no problem with...to get guns out of the hands of criminals...to strengthen the NCIS background system...hell, I even would be OK with a background check at gun shows as long as it is inexpensive and easy to accomplish (I know I will get some hate mail on that maybe...its cool, let me know if and why you think I'm wrong) and there is a agreeable definition of what consists of a "gun show" (a group of friends meeting a gun club and swapping or selling stuff is not a "gun show" in my book). What their actual agenda is something totally different. They say they support the 2nd Amendment...yet some of highest profile cities in "coalition" have some of the strictest gun laws on the books..NYC (duh, where they have draconian gun laws...unless your famous or a city "insider")..Washington DC...Trenton, NJ...Chicago (where Otis McDonald had to go to SCOTUS just to get his right to OWN a firearm affirmed)..Cleveland (aka the Peoples Socialist Republic of Cuyahoga)..and the list goes on. Further more, some of the reported "members" that have appeared on their literature from time to time have mayors that have stated publicly that they have never consented to being on their rolls..or that they stated nature of the group and its actual agenda were misrepresented when they were approached to join.
And what jurisdictional fantasy world does he think he lives in where he can "investigate" the going ons in another state. The initials on your office say "NYC"..not "FBI". Even the BATF guys are telling him they wish he would stop and that "technically" nothing illegal was done since the "private investigators" (Bloomberg goons without a doubt) were able to legally own a firearm anyway. I still hope the guys that got "stung" think long and hard next time about somebody spouting off like these goons did when buying a gun from them.
I wonder if anyone has thought about turning this around on him. What if Arizona sent investigators to NYC and tried to bribe public sanitation officials and got it on tape. Wow, what a fun video that would be to try and explain for the good Mayor...
I admit that we have an issue with gun violence in this nation. Hell, that's part of the reason I own a gun..to protect myself against those that would break any type of law anyway..even those of gun ownership.
And for a good SOBERING laugh...check out Gun owners Against Illegal Mayors (GAIM) (gee, no wonder so many are against guns...with the felonies they have on their record they can't own one anyway...)