Mayor Michael Bloomberg has repeatedly conspired to violate federal firearms laws. He has sent private investigators to other states to buy handguns using false identifications. He has had stores in New York City raided and had to return the firearms he ordered his police to confiscate.

These illegal acts would result in the average citizen having the book thrown at him. Mayor Bloomberg has been allowed by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to break federal law in the name of the law.

There is a consistent pattern of disregard for the law in the name of disarming average citizens. No gun stores, no armed citizens seems to be Bloomberg's objective.

Bloomberg is so hostile to an armed citizenry that he wants to tighten New York City's anti-self-defense gun laws which already make it almost impossible to legally have a gun for self protection.

Mayor Bloomberg is always well protected by armed guards provided by the taxpayer. But he does not think that others should be able to protect themselves with firearms unless they can have a squad of police doing it for them.

Virginia Delegate Scott Lingamfelter has proposed legislation to enable Virginia authorities to prosecute Bloomberg's thugs should they try to shakedown additional Virginia gun dealers. Too bad the intellectual author of the crime can remain safely ensconced behind the doors of the well guarded Gracie Mansion.

Bloomberg is being sued by two of the gun stores he has victimized. Perhaps that will provide a measure of justice that so far the federal government has completely failed to pursue.

[This statement was presented by GOA Executive Director Larry Pratt at a news conference organized by the Liberty Coalition at the Capital Hilton in Washington, DC.]

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