BLOOMBERG DEALT SETBACK -- FOR NOW
In a blow to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's crusade to drive
gun dealers out of business, the U.S. government has decided not to file
charges against those dealers targeted by the mayor.
Stepping well outside his legal jurisdiction, Bloomberg coordinated a
private, undercover "sting" operation using private investigators to
stage straw purchases in the hopes of catching dealers engaging in
illegal sales. Among the numerous problems with this illicit campaign,
Michael Battle, DOJ's director of the executive office for United States
Attorneys, cited the Mayor's use of persons "without proper law
enforcement authority" and efforts that "interrupt or jeopardize"
When asked if the Bloomberg administration plans to stop conducting the
sting operations, Deputy Mayor Ed Skyler said, "Not necessarily."
In hailing this recent development, NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris Cox
noted, "NRA has always maintained that Mayor Bloomberg overstepped his
boundaries and possibly broke the law in conducting these sting
operations, and we expressed our concerns to BATFE immediately. NRA is
grateful that the bureau has reviewed the matter and concluded that no
action is warranted against these firearms retailers. NRA hopes that
Mayor Bloomberg heeds the BATFE's stern warning that he and his
administration could face potential legal liabilities if they continue
their disregard of current federal law and the safety of law enforcement
officers. If Mayor Bloomberg was serious about reducing crime, he would
focus on prosecuting violent criminals in his city, instead of resorting
to media stunts and press conferences."