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Bloomberg Blasts Lax Gun Laws, NRA

October 18, 2010

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg blasted states with lax gun laws and panned the National Rifle Association as “totally unreasonable” in an interview today on CNN’s American Morning.

“The legislators in this country don't have the guts to stand up and do what their constituents—and all the polls—show that they clearly want: get guns out of the hands of criminals and kids,” he said.

Bloomberg said states with lax firearm laws endanger lives beyond their own borders, noting that 85 ­percent of guns recovered in crimes committed in New York were purchased outside of the state.

 

“States cannot be totally in charge of their own destiny because it's too easy to carry guns,” the mayor said.

He also said that federal gun control laws were inadequate, pointing in particular to the so-called gun-show loophole, which exempts customers at gun shows from background check requirements.

And when asked about the National Rifle Association’s assertion that high gun ownership reduces crime, Bloomberg, co-chairman of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, had some choice words for the group.

“The NRA fights the ability of police to get the data they need to keep guns out of the hands of kids and out of the hands of criminals. That's all our organization is trying to do,” he said. “The bottom line is, the NRA is totally unreasonable. They will not allow any or not tolerate any restrictions whatsoever.”

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