Backlash to Mayor Bloomberg’s national war on ilegal gun dealers has surfaced in Georgia, where Former U.S. Rep. Bob Barr filed a lawsuit against the mayor today arguing that his crackdown was “careless, willful and clearly illegal.”
Supporters of Mr. Barr’s have suggested the lawsuoit it is about the second amendment, Bloomberg has long held that his lawsuit was about gun dealers breaking the law and allowing illegal arms to flow into the city.
Mr. Barr’s press office at the American Conservative Union said that practically all of New York media has tied up their phones since the announcement, and that Barr was, for now, unavailbale to comment beyond the press release they sent us (after the jump).
In the small print on the bottom, we noticed that he serves on the Board of Directors of the National Rifle Association.
— Jason Horowitz
UPDATE: We spoke with Mr. Barr’s personal spokesperson and not the press office of the American Conservative Union.
BARR, LAW FIRM ANNOUNCE MAJOR LEGAL ACTION AGAINST NYC MAYOR BLOOMBERG
Atlanta, GA – Attorney and former Congressman Bob Barr announced today that he and the Law Offices of Edwin Marger, LLC, of which he is Of Counsel and is located in Jasper, Georgia, have today filed legal action against New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg on behalf of Adventure Outdoors. Bloomberg, in May of this year, named Adventure Outdoors, a family owned hunting supply business in Smyrna, Georgia, in a federal lawsuit against “rogue gun dealers.”
Bloomberg conspired with others named in the lawsuit to deceive Adventure Outdoors in order to falsely and fraudulently purchase a firearm. By doing so, the conspirators falsified an ATF form which is a violation of federal and Georgia laws. Furthermore, Bloomberg then released misleading statements to national news media, which damaged the reputation and business of Adventure Outdoors in this scheme to defame and violate the law. In the lawsuit filed today in Superior Court in Cobb County, Barr and Marger allege Mayor Bloomberg and others violated federal and state law in carrying out their activities in Georgia. The suit also seeks damages
Barr and Marger announced also that they have sent letters to U.S. Attorney David Nahmias in Atlanta and to Georgia Attorney General Thurbert Baker, requesting that they initiate an investigation of the so-called “undercover investigation” conducted by Mayor Bloomberg and others operating under his direction.
In his statement, Barr expressed his confidence in a successful outcome for Adventure Outdoors and further stated that “Mayor Bloomberg’s and the other players’ actions were careless, willful and clearly illegal.”
Barr, a former Member of Congress (1995-2003), has served with the U.S. Department of Justice and Central Intelligence Agency and he continues to serve on the Board of Directors of the National Rifle Association. He is a lawyer and currently works with organizations including the American Conservative Union Foundation and the ACLU on issues related to privacy and national security. He serves as Chairman for Patriots to Restore Checks and Balances.