Mayor Bloomberg Investigates Gun Law Loopholes

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New York City sent private investigators to a gun show in Arizona, where they caught footage that the mayor says shows how easy it is for even unqualified buyers to purchase guns.

In the footage, the investigator, acting as a buyer, told the dealer that he probably wouldn't pass a background check--but was allowed to purchase a semi-automatic pistol anyway.

Speaking to the press, Bloomberg said, "These so called private sellers are using gun shows to run profitable businesses. While criminals and traffickers are using the private sellers to buy guns anonymously and easily with no questions asked."

The Mayor says federal law does not require gun show dealers to run background checks, but it's illegal for them to sell a gun to someone they suspect is a felon or mentally ill.

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