New York's Tough Gun Laws Are Pretty Worthless: Report

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Mayor Mike Bloomberg is on a crusade to rid the world of guns. Unfortunately, it's not doing a whole lot to keep guns out of the hands of thugs in New York City, according to a recently released report from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

According to the report, 8,793 guns were seized in New York in 2011. Only 1,595 were actually purchased here.

The majority of the weapons are coming from states with less-restrictive gun laws, like Virginia, Pennsylvania and Florida -- which has led to New York's reputation as a "market state" for guns.

"We call New York a market state because it's so highly regulated that it's easier to get a gun in another state and bring it back," ATF Group Supervisor Robert Cucinelli says.

New York's laws on purchasing single-shot rifles or shotguns follow federal guidelines that are similar to those of other states. However, New York's handgun laws are much more restrictive -- the license applications can take up to six months and require a rather thorough vetting process.

But, as federal authorities point out, those laws do little to prevent people from buying the more-regulated guns elsewhere and bringing them back to New York.

Bloomberg uses just about every high-profile shooting in the United States to call for tougher federal gun laws, and to urge states to beef up their own laws regulating firearms. But Bloomberg is the mayor of New York, not the world, and his demands are met with resistance from gun nuts who cite the second amendment every time he wants to rip the guns from their cold, dead hands.

The report proves one thing: New York can be the most anti-gun state in the union, but it will do zilch to curb gun violence as long as surrounding states make it easy for people to buy firearms.

See the ATF's full report here.

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DOTO1234
DOTO1234

BLOOMBERG IS AN ASS HOLE

copperworks
copperworks

THIS MAYOR HAS NO COMMON SENSE! THE SECOND AMMENDMENT GIVES YOU THE RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS. OUR FOUNDING FATHERS WOULD HAVE TOLD HIM TO GO JUMP! GUNS ARENT BAD THEY ARENT GOOD. IF A GOOD PERSON IS ARMED HE WILL STAND UP TO A BAD PERSON HURTING INNOCENT PEOPLE. HE FORGETS WE DONT HAVE HIS GOONS WALKING NEXT TO US TO PROTECT US! IF MORE PEOPLE WERE ARMED THE BAD GUYS WOULD HAVE TO FEAR LOSING THEIR LIVES IF THEY PULLED A GUN IN A PARK. PARENTS COULD PROTECT THEIR OWN KIDS. THE SECOND AMMENDMENT ALSO STATES WE NEED GUNS TO OVERTHROW OUR OWN GOVERNMENT WHEN THEY ARE OUT OF CONTROL (ARE WE GETTING THERE YET?).

 

ConservativeStudent
ConservativeStudent

Thanks Mayor Bloomberg for making it incredibly difficult to obtain a gun as a law abiding citizen while you try to tell the police they should strike...I feel so safe 

gold
gold

So if the guns are from VA crime must be absolutely wild down there what with all those guns around.  People must be killing each other all day.  Wow.  But wait, VA has a much lower crime rate than NYC; than CHI; than DC.  VA crime is down; NYC crime is way up over the past three years.  .  Good thing NYC isn't Mexico where the BATF sent thousands of guns in Fast and Furious.  Maybe mayors who blame out of state sources should explain that no FFL sells guns to out of state people.  When was a VA FFL arested for selling sub rosa to New Yorkers?  Plenty of gun laws.  Plenty of lying mayors, too. Maybe psycho hospitals that treat and diagnose for para-schitz ought report their patients per requirements of law.  Wasn't an NYPD cop busted for selling guns?  Well, well. 

bikebrian
bikebrian

Believe it or not, people in other parts of the country don't care what the mayor of NYC thinks. From a couple of thousand miles away, he just sounds like another east coast loudmouth. Want to run America, Mike? Do it  as a nationally elected official. Otherwise, you run your city the way your citizens want you to. Leave the rest of us alone.

jonathan.nyc
jonathan.nyc topcommenter

Headline should have read, "Neighboring States Gun Laws Are Pretty Worthless." 

jpotosky
jpotosky

An interesting article unti the "Gun Nuts" part. Showing your true colors?

purdinpopo
purdinpopo

 @jpotosky Have to say that gun nut comment tainted the whole article.  If they had just left that off it would have been a factual article, that could have let the reader draw their own conclusion.  Sad really.

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