Just two weeks after the Tucson shootings, the City of New York sent undercover investigators to a gun show in Phoenix, Arizona. Mayor Michael Bloomberg reported that those agents discovered just how easy it is to buy a gun with minimal oversight.
As reported by Talking Points Memo,
‘According to the the Gun Show Undercover: Arizona report, undercover investigators successfully bought guns after telling unlicensed dealers, “I probably couldn’t pass a background check.” The investigation took place January 23 at the Crossroads of the West Gun Show in Phoenix.
One undercover investigator purchased a Glock pistol and a high-capacity magazine — the same weapon Tucson shooting suspect Jared Lee Loughner allegedly used — without a background check.
“We have demonstrated how easy it is for anyone to buy a semiautomatic handgun and a high capacity magazine, no questions asked,” Bloomberg said in a statement. “This country must take two simple steps to stop more of the 34 murders that occur with guns every day: make every gun sale subject to a background check, and make sure the background check system has all the required records in it.”
It’s time for Congress to step up and fix these deadly flaws in our gun laws. The background check system must include all the names of prohibited purchasers, and the loopholes that let criminals evade background checks must be closed immediately.
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