Tue, April 27th, 2010 - 6:22 am - By Gordon Basichis
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s gun control group is pushing hard for background checks to be conducted for those buying firearms at gun shows. This is a hot button issue, with both sides of the entrenched in their respective beliefs.
According to the New York Daily News, Mayors Against Illegal Guns is running ais spending more than $250,000 for commercial on cable TV advocating background checks at gun shows. The commercials consist of closed circuit television surveillance footage taken inside Colorado’s Columbine High School when two students went on a shooting rampage that left many dead. They commercials maintain that four of the guns used in the massacre at Columbine were bought at gun shows.
The City of New York spent some $1.5 million last year hiring private detectives to go undercover at gun shows and buy guns. The undercover PI’s maintained to the vendors.that they could not pass a background check, but they were sold the weapons anyway.
The National Rifle Association spokes person has claimed that background checks at gun shows would take too long and impede the rights of lawful gun owners.
Background checks at gun shows is an issue that is not about to go away. I have written about this topic on several occasions, one such article being entitled, Gun Show Gaffs and Background Checks. What I find interesting is there is a definite argument about impeding legitimate and lawful citizens from purchasing firearms. But then there is the issue disclosed by the undercover PI’s where ineligible buyers, those with criminal records, as still able to purchase firearms at gun shows.
Interesting issues. We will be watching to see what will ultimately decided and ruled as law. If anything.