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This is wrong on so many levels.http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/31/us/31guns.html?_r=3&ref=us
New York City Investigates Arizona Gun Show
By MARC LACEY
Published: January 30, 2011
— Weeks after a shooting left six dead and 13 injured in Tucson, New
York City sent undercover investigators to an Arizona gun show and found
instances in which private sellers sold semiautomatic pistols even
after buyers said they probably could not pass background checks, city
the Crossroads of the West Gun Show in Tucson on Jan. 15. New York City
investigators said they bought guns at a Phoenix show despite saying
they could not pass a background check.
investigation, part of an effort by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s
administration to crack down on illegal gun sales nationwide, took place
Jan. 23 at the Crossroads of the West Gun Show in Phoenix, officials
“The background check system failed in Arizona, it failed
in Virginia and it fails in states around the country,” said John
Feinblatt, an adviser to Mr. Bloomberg. “If we don’t fix it now, the
question is not whether another massacre will occur, but when.”
unlicensed sellers are not required to run federal background checks,
but it is a violation of federal law to sell guns to people if sellers
suspect they are felons or mentally ill or are otherwise prohibited from
buying. In the case of Jared L. Loughner, who is accused of opening
fire on the crowd in Tucson on Jan. 8, the gun used in the shootings was
bought at a licensed gun dealer, and he passed a background check, the
In two instances, the New York undercover
officers specifically said before buying a gun, “I probably couldn’t
pass a background check,” but were still sold guns, city officials said.
a third case, an investigator bought a Glock pistol and two
high-capacity magazines like the ones used in the Tucson shooting. Such
purchases were made without any background check but were perfectly
Mr. Bloomberg’s office, which will release details of the
undercover investigation on Monday, has for years pushed for tighter
firearms laws. Since the Tucson shooting, Mr. Bloomberg has enlisted in
his effort Daniel Hernandez, an intern in the office of Representative
Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona. The congresswoman was the most seriously
wounded, and Mr. Hernandez held her until emergency personnel arrived.
of the West holds dozens of gun shows annually, in Arizona, California,
Nevada and Utah. “When we find someone who isn’t complying with the
law, we ask them to leave or don’t allow them back,” said Bob Templeton,
president of the gun show.
After similar transgressions were
uncovered at gun shows in other states, some operators entered into
agreements with New York City requiring that private sellers arrange
background checks of all gun buyers.
According to a transcript
from one investigator’s purchase of a Sig Sauer pistol at the Phoenix
show, the exchange went like this:
Investigator: “So, you’re not one of those, you know, dealer guys, right?”
Seller: “No. No tax, no form, you don’t have to do transfers or nothing.”
Investigator: “Yeah, yeah.”
Seller: “Just see an Arizona ID and that’s it with me.”
Investigator: “So no background check?”
Investigator: “That’s good, because I probably couldn’t pass one, you know what I mean?”
The seller sold the gun for $500.
A version of this article appeared in print on January 31, 2011, on page A9 of the New York edition.