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Phoenix - Arizona AG: Bloomberg's Gun Show Sting Just A Public Relations Stunt

Published on: February 1, 2011 04:22 PM
By: AP / KPHO
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Phoenix, AZ - Attorney General Tom Horne says New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg overstepped his power in authorizing investigators to run an undercover sting operation at a Phoenix gun show.

Horne said Tuesday the sting was a public relations stunt.

During the sting, investigators hired by New York City bought semiautomatic pistols after they said they probably couldn’t pass a background check.

Horne said, “Local law enforcement and the Arizona Department of Public Safety were never notified that Mayor Bloomberg’s operation was being undertaken. That is standard professional courtesy and is also designed to protect the general public.”

“Arizona law enforcement should have been made aware that people posing as criminal elements were in fact undercover officers. The fact that no such notification was made indicates this so-called sting is nothing less than a public relations stunt,” Horne said.

He added, “I would suggest that Mayor Bloomberg consider the skyrocketing crime rate in New York City before he asks any more of his city’s police to leave town on these PR missions. According to the most recent FBI statistics, violent crime in New York City increased significantly in 2010 compared to data from 2009. Robbery went up 3.9 percent, forcible rape rose 13.9 percent, aggravated assault increased 8.8 percent and murder rose 12.3 percent. Clearly, the good men and women of the New York City Police Department have more pressing crimes to investigate than alleged violations at a gun show 2,400 miles away.”

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Bloomberg spokesman Jason Post disputes Horne’s characterization of New York City’s crime and says the sting was carried out by Arizona-based private investigators, not city police.


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 Feb 01, 2011 at 05:26 PM mj00056 Says:

Bloomy should be arrested, essentially what he did when he went behind the back of the AZ authorities , was to make (illegal) "straw" purchases. He is a Buffoon.

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 Feb 01, 2011 at 05:57 PM expert Says:

If Bloomberg is so anti gun, he should disarm his own private bodyguards. Let him enjoy the benefits he is trying to bestow on the rest of us.

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 Feb 01, 2011 at 06:12 PM Anonymous Says:

He may be an egotistical buffoon, but any thing to make the public aware of how easy it is for anyone to buy a gun out of state is important. Yes, it was a publicity stunt but served as a reminder that any nut (even you and I) can walk into one of the many gun shows and buy from a private seller with ease.

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 Feb 01, 2011 at 08:18 PM charliehall Says:

Reply to #3  
Anonymous Says:

He may be an egotistical buffoon, but any thing to make the public aware of how easy it is for anyone to buy a gun out of state is important. Yes, it was a publicity stunt but served as a reminder that any nut (even you and I) can walk into one of the many gun shows and buy from a private seller with ease.

Not just any nut, but terrorists, too.

Remember that, folks: Anyone on the terrorist watch list can walk into a gun show and accumulate an arsenal without anyone checking on them. This law needs to be changed, and fast!

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 Feb 02, 2011 at 08:57 AM 1LofaRide Says:

Arizona should prepare for a raid in NY. They should raid the sanitation dept and track them for not clearing the snow

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 Feb 02, 2011 at 09:54 AM raykaufm Says:

Reply to #3  
Anonymous Says:

He may be an egotistical buffoon, but any thing to make the public aware of how easy it is for anyone to buy a gun out of state is important. Yes, it was a publicity stunt but served as a reminder that any nut (even you and I) can walk into one of the many gun shows and buy from a private seller with ease.

Most gun shows do not allow private sellers to operate in the show but private sales of long guns (rifles and shotguns) are permitted in all 50 states including NY (not NYC). Anybody can put a classified ad in the local paper and and sell his or her AR-15 or riot shotgun. Private sales of handguns are permitted in states that do not require a permit to posess. Please note that no state or municipality prohibits or regulates the private sale of devices which are clearly more dangerous and likely to cause harm than firearms, I.E. automobiles.

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 Feb 02, 2011 at 10:36 AM marcia Says:

Sounds like he was going for entrapment, but it worked. I can also show how easy it is to purchase any gun right here in HIS city no background check either...let him worry about the economy and jobs, he's planning on cutting 20,000 teachers, next it will be police and fire, let him run his own city better.

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