Mayor: NYC Probe In Ariz. Shows Illegal Gun Sales

NEW YORK (AP/CBS 2/1010 WINS) — Mayor Michael Bloomberg says undercover investigators working for New York City were illegally allowed to buy semi-automatic pistols at an Arizona gun show.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg says that the sale not long after the mass shooting in Tucson exposes a “dangerous gap” in federal gun laws.

1010 WINS’ Glenn Schuck with Mayor Michael Bloomberg on gun laws

Bloomberg says investigators told two sellers they could probably not pass a background check for two semi-automatic pistols. He says that revelation should have prevented the sale.

“You would hope that with the memory of the Tucson shooting still so painfully fresh, anyone working in a gun show, especially in the state of Arizona, would think twice before selling a firearm to anyone who even hinted or joked about not being able to pass a background check,” Bloomberg said.

The investigators visited Phoenix on Jan. 23. That was a couple of weeks after the rampage in Tucson killed six people and wounded 13, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

“Just 15 days after the Tucson shootings our undercover investigator found sellers willing to break the law and endanger their fellow citizens just to make a quick buck,” Bloomberg said.

Bloomberg has made gun control advocacy a hallmark of his tenure. He argues that too many illegal guns end up on city streets.

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  • AzGal

    First of all, the video clip I saw was Bloomburg explaining he purchased these in perfectly LEGAL transactions, But it was his OPINION that the transactions shouldn’t be. If he is worried about guns on NYC streets, He should pass a law similar to CA, which makes it illegal to sell to anyone with a CA lisence. I saw in the same video, that law was being enforced. Only CRIMINALS use fake ID’s, and you will never find a way to effectively get guns out of their hands. Only law abiding citizens obey the laws. A criminal will do what they want regardless of what the law says. It seems to me he’s just trying to stir up controversy….Make more trouble for Arizona. It would be nice if Sheriff Joe Arpaio could ban the sales to people with a NY license in his county after this fiasco. But as always, passing laws is complex process. (I am curious in what type of ID these “investigators” used.)

  • Cal Stanley

    Isn’t Mr. Bloomberg, by instructing someone to buy a weapon for him, breaking a federal gun control law? Or is that OK since, after all, he IS Mr. Bloomberg?

    “This year will go down in history. For the first time, a civilized nation has full gun registration. Our streets will be safer, our police more efficient, and the world will follow our lead into the future!”
    – Adolf Hitler, 1935

  • Pierre F. Lherisson

    The Mexican president was right when he said much of the weapons used in the drug carnage in Mexico are from the USA. The propensity to carry gun, knife, baseball bats, metallic pipe and other weapons more often than not is telltale signs of structural intellectual deficiency or mental imbalance. The weapon becomes a pseudo substitute for rhetoric and self-control.



  • Hot Blooded

    Now I hear that criminals from all over the country will be coming to NY because they know the average citizen is not allowed to own a gun. This is easy pickings. Gun Control at its best

  • DanTe

    Didn’t you guys get the memo? Bloomberg is now Presidente for Life, Der Fuhrer of New York, the Sovereign Ruler of the U.S. He and his Secret Police has jurisdiction Everywhere. If you don’t like it, his Brown Shirts will pay you a visit.

  • nyc

    With tens of thousands of Illegal guns on the streets of New York, I praise Bloomberg for showing where some of these Illegal weapons could be coming from ! I believe in owning a weapon Legally ! Stop the flow of Illegal guns !!

  • Some Thoughts From Our Founders

    “Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are
    the peoples’ liberty’s teeth.”
    -George Washington

    “When firearms go, all goes- we need them every hour.”
    -George Washington

    “The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and
    bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny
    in government.”-Thomas Jefferson

    “What country can preserve its liberties if its rulers are not warned
    from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance?
    Let them take arms.”
    -Thomas Jefferson

    “To disarm the people — that was the best and most effectual way
    to enslave them.”
    -George Mason

    “The great object is that every man be armed.”
    -Patrick Henry

  • William S. Burroughs

    After a shooting spree, they always want to take the guns away
    from the people who didn’t do it. I sure as hell wouldn’t want to live
    in a society where the only people allowed guns are the police and
    the military.

  • Pierre F. Lherisson

    The Mexican president was right when he said much of the weapons used in the drug carnage in Mexico are from the USA

    • azgal

      There is a huge invasion of drugs coming into the country too,That’s because Obama won’t allow us to secure our borders. He tells you the borders are secure, they are not. He says agents are being sent, If they are, They are being told not to do anything, a border checkpoint in Tucson was closed months ago. Funding has been halted on the completion of “the fence”….. Our border security in this country is a complete fail.

  • jerseyjoey

    OH NYC, your not in kansas anymore Dorothy or Bloombourg, No one cares about Nyc or your liberal leftist problems: in the real world your spit in a vast ocean. What a baffoon like most liberals, no no all liberals including the press

  • Wasilla Gorila

    Bottom line, this country’s gun control is run by NRA. Politicians are afraid of NRA because anyone advocates gun control will face the wrath of NRA, that means tough re-election. That’s why no politicians including the Obama ever talked about gun control after the Tucson killings. Bloomberg is not you ordinary politician, he is not afraid of NRA.

    • a

      The gun control and laws are there. Politicians are afraid to enforce the laws that are ALREADY THERE. Criminals are criminals, they don’t care what laws are put into effect. These laws don’t and won’t stop them. Bloombutt should be busy cleaning the streets of criminals. Do that and the guns will clean themselves up.

  • a

    Lock up the guy who sold the gun illegally. Then lock up the guys who bought the gun on “straw purchase” charges. Hmmm…..wonder how many people declined the purchase before someone actually sold them a gun, Bloombutt did not show that part. So lets see, law broken by the seller for selling the gun to someone who said they would not pass a background check, law broken by purchaser because he bought the gun for someone else (bloombutt). Then, if this was a real criminal, and they brought the gun back to NY, they would again be breaking the law. So, to fix this Bloombutt wants to create more laws? Wake up and realize it’s the people that commit these crimes that need a spanking, not the ones that abide by the laws.

  • fedup

    Hey Mayor Bloomberg, How many “social elietist” and “celebrities” own firearms and were granted NYC carry permits by the NYPD that were “fastracked” through the investigation process by the NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly? Mayor Bloomberg worry about NYC and managing this city instead of pushing your own “social agenda”.

  • pat

    Let me guess the “investigator” was an intern that works for the Mayors press office. He Mayor Bllomberg do you own a firearm (s)? What about all the solica elietist’s that Ray Kelly falls all over himself to grant NYC pistol permits when ever they buy him dinner at the Harvard Club.

  • Josh

    Isn’t there a snowstorm in NYC that Mayor $h!tbag should be paying attention to? Oh that’s right, he’s sticking his big nose in other people’s business again and not achieving anything for it back home. Bloomberg = talk with few results.

    • azgal

      lol! Well, maybe it was to just an excuse to enjoy Arizona’s warm weather.
      (a warm and sunny vacation for some of his most treasured officers, disguised as a “sting” so NYC taxpayers could foot the bill.

  • DA Miles

    Let’s see, 125 mob guys are arrested in NY. NY city and the NYPD have a long tradition of corruption and Bloomberg sends an undercover investigator to Phoenix to check out a gun show. It would seem wise if Bloomberg focused on corruption within his city. Oh wait, that would mean investigating himself and we can’t have that.

  • Paul Kohloff

    lets have a federal firearm license ,in other words once you get your firearms permit ,you are legal to carry in every state.lets see how DC and NY like that.

    • Robert Moss

      Paul Kohloff, you did not know anything about FFL. All that gives you is the right to buy/sell across state lines as a firearms dealer. It is NOT a nationwide carry permit.

  • Common Sense Kidd

    I’m all for gun control, but Bloomberg should mind his own business. How would he like it if Tucson’s mayor came here and started running his own investigations of illegal gun activity. NYC has more illegal and corrupt business going on than any other state.

    People who live in glass houses…

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