Here’s footage from Michael Bloomberg’s latest investigation into what he says are illegal gun sales from three states where dealers either sold guns to people who said they couldn’t pass a background check, or permitted a second purchaser to fill out the required paperwork.
“This is federal law that is being violated all the time,” he said at a press conference in City Hall this afternoon, where he released findings of the investigation.
The mayor said flouting federal law requiring background checks on prospective purchasers or terminating sales if the purchaser raises red flags about their eligibility is a problem in many parts of the country, but agencies like the F.B.I. and A.T.F. didn’t have enough resources to investigate it.
Bloomberg said today’s investigation was conducted by an outside contractor under the city’s supervision at a cost of about $1.5 million. The videos and other material were sent to the A.T.F. last night, and will be sent to each member of congress, said Bloomberg.
Bloomberg said he won’t sue the gun dealers highlighted in this investigation, explaining, “Our job is to establish the facts.” But the mayor did say it was up to the federal authorities how to respond to their findings.
The city’s criminal justice coordinator, John Feinblatt, said he contacted some of the mayors in the three states where the investigation was conducted: Nevada, Ohio and Tennessee. Feinblatt said one female mayor said she was not surprised by the results. On his way out of the press conference, Feinblatt said that mayor was in Ohio, but did not recollect her name.