Monday, May 15, 2006

Why not just turn the evidence over to federal prosecutors?

Ah, but this is New York City in New York State; the land where “So, sue me” or “I’m suing” are often a toddler’s first words.
NYC Sues 15 Out-Of-State Gun Shops

NEW YORK (AP) -- The city is suing 15 out-of-state gun shops it says supply a significant portion of the guns that flow into New York, including some that end up in the hands of criminals.

The lawsuit being filed Monday asks the federal court to order supervision and extra training for the dealers in Georgia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Virginia. It also seeks some damages and compensation. [Ed. – Surprise, surprise, surprise]

"By and large, most gun dealers respect and follow the law, but the small group of dealers that do not should be held accountable," Mayor Michael Bloomberg said in a statement.

The city's law department singled out the 15 gun shops after hiring private investigators who fanned out to dealers in the five states over the past several weeks.

Wearing hidden cameras, the investigators entered stores in teams of two and attempted "straw purchases," in which the buyer completes the paperwork and passes the background check, but later hands over the weapon to someone else who is not allowed to own a firearm.

The scam, prohibited by federal law, is typically used by people who are under 21 or convicted felons. The 15 dealers named in the suit sold guns to the undercover investigators. The city said the sales were refused at about 30 other shops.

Just for grins, I goggled ‘new york lawsuit’. I got 34,600,000 hits.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

This article got me to thinking. The lefties are outraged that the govenrment is tarcking phone records even though they're trying to thwart another terror attack on us. The lefties are outraged that recent gun control legislation is preventing the government from tracking the gun buying and ownership habits because guns are dangeropus to our society. Jeesh.

5/16/2006 6:44 AM  

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