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April 20th, 2010
11:00 AM ET

Bloomberg calls for end to 'gun show loophole'

(CNN) – Eleven years ago today the Columbine High School massacre was set in motion when four high-powered weapons were bought at a gun show without a background check. A group of the nation's mayors now wants to close the so-called "gun show loophole" that side-steps background checks and record keeping.

The group "Mayors Against Illegal Guns" is launching a full-scale media offensive trying to convince Congress to rewrite gun show laws. One of the group's leaders is New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and he joined us exclusively on Tuesday's American Morning to discuss their efforts.

Filed under: Gun rights
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  1. carmen

    About 90 million people in the us own a total of some 200 million guns roughly 30,000 people died each year from guns more than half are suicides and additional 70,000 are wounded the guns has ruined this country the only way that gun crime will go down is not having the right to own one. closing the gun shows, gun shops maybe it will make it difficult for the criminal to get one. and it will save so many lives. i think there evil and a moral sin imagine this world will be a better place. anyone that owns one raises a red flag so get rid of them.

    April 21, 2010 at 9:02 pm |
  2. Bruce Anthony Guyette

    Bloomberg , Dont know what he is talking about, all gun shops that set up in gun shows has to do a background checks,on all of the guns they sell. The people that dont is the ones that walk around at the show. or people that set up there,that dont have a gun shop. Now make it that everyone has to call up if they sell a gun. If you want to do something. Dont forget 911, our enemies are within our borders now.We the people need to defend ourselves. It looks like Bloomberg forgot about 911...... Bruce Anthony Guyette [A gun owner]

    April 21, 2010 at 4:15 pm |
  3. V. Knight

    As a convicted felon myself, I'd like to say on this topic if I wanted a gun, I could get stolen or smuggled ones much cheaper, and with no record, off the streets than one that was legal. These gun laws are only making it safer for people like me to come into your homes without having to worry about Mr or Mrs Respectable Member of the NRA being able to put up any fight. Look at Australia, since they choked guns away from the citizens, violent crime has gone out of control. Bad guys will always have the ability to get black market guns, citizens won't.
    The best way to prevent violent crime like these school massacres is to teach, counsel and, if necessary, force kids and teachers to be more sensitive to each other and keep these kids from feeling so alienated and alone.
    The best way to prevent violent crime like burglary, robbery and drug related offenses is to treat the social problems responsible like extreme poverty, inability to access health care especially for mental illness and addiction.
    The best way to prevent violent crime like murder and rape is to simply take those who commit these crimes out back of the court houses and shoot them.

    April 21, 2010 at 3:50 pm |
  4. adrian

    His real intention probably starts with gun shows, moves to pawn shops, then to retail stores and then onto FFL dealers and probably ends at your FRONT DOOR! I say instead he spends his time fixing "politics as usual" in Washington so us "bitter Americans" can have something more reliable to "cling to".

    April 21, 2010 at 3:35 pm |
  5. Anthony Sharp

    Re: Gun shows/Columbine

    Columbine kids made many of their weapons. Therefore, we should abolish all references in books and the internet regarding any kind of weapons, to include guns. Perhaps, we should abolish all education. That would save billions.

    Guns are sold without background checks at gun shows. Background checks and fingerprints have been proven to provide nothing but more Big Brother information from legitimate gun sellers. Check with any gang member and they are not buying guns at gun shows, and there has not been one gun sold at a gun show which has been proven to be used illegally. I am appalled by the lack of intelligence shown, but power, control and greed is apparent and praised in our society.

    April 21, 2010 at 3:34 pm |
  6. matt

    well, i've never seen so many leftists be so good at selling something. they know if they repeat the word "loophole" enough times it will have a psychological impact on the public. there is no loophole! the thing they are calling a loophole is free trade between sovereign free people. dealers are a business and can be regulated that's why they're required to have a ffl. a private citizen is free to sell or buy as he wishes under our system of government, a gun show is just a place for the public to meet. fyi...criminals don't go to gunshows they go down the block and buy way cheaper. what we need is lefty control < laws reinforcing our rights so extremists can't attack our way of life/phylosophy/constituition

    April 21, 2010 at 3:32 pm |
  7. adrian

    This is propaganda spin in favor of gun control. The reason this topic is "hot botton" is because rich overzealous poloticians are trying to implement thier will against the American peoples'. Gun shops are required to do back ground checks at gun shows and Bloomberg intentionally does not state his sources because lack of reliable information,... or falsification (refer to the recent study about Americans trusting Washington).

    April 21, 2010 at 3:26 pm |
  8. ColoradoLiving

    I've seen gun vendors take the name and address of the buyer to submit a background check. The problem happens when buyer only provides one form of ID and is allowed to buy unlimited guns.

    April 21, 2010 at 3:10 pm |
  9. Art

    Background checks are sometime good, but can be real bad also. I know of someone who had a felony charge more than forty years ago. This person has lead a very good life since. Applied for a pardon back in 2005, was told by the investigators that they pass all the requirements and that request was put on govenors desk to be signed. That request has been sent to three govenors, none has signed it. Now when this person try to get a job or anything that require background check , they do the background check. No job because you have a record. It's not fair in a case like this.

    Nichols SC.

    April 21, 2010 at 2:39 pm |
  10. Captain Tom

    Bloomburg is telling outright lies and the "reporter" at CNN are just accepting it? BAd Job CNN. Dealers are required to preform the same checks at gunshows. Only individuals are able to sel a gun to another adult at a show without the paperwork. Just as you can in your home. Or through an add in the paper.

    April 21, 2010 at 2:26 pm |
  11. Wayne J. Barricklow

    What a blatant lie. Dealers can take their inventory to a gun show and sell guns without background checks? Since when? I can't believe that when someone utters such a blatant lie on CNN that someone does not call him on it.

    CNN is just a left wing not version of Fox.

    April 21, 2010 at 2:17 pm |
  12. Cynthia Keaty

    Gun control just makes sense. When are we going to grow up and just do the right thing. If we want a peaceful nation we must control guns. It's all too obvious that we do not have any control over guns at this point, if we did we wouldn't constantly have them being used illegally in robberies and murders, rapes and everything else.
    I don't advocate taking guns away from law abiding citizens but rather controling their use better. There are ways to do that. First of all close this "easy access" loophole! Good grief, I had no idea!!

    Second of all and as extreme as it sounds, LOCK GUNS UP! I mean put them in a storage locker and when a gun owner wants to use it they have to sign out for it. That's accontability at its best. No one wants their gun to be used illegally if they will be held responsible for it right? Have all the guns you want but if they end up in the wrong hands you are at the very least partially held responsible.

    You want to see crime go down, that would do it and I am all for that!!

    April 21, 2010 at 1:43 pm |
  13. stan vincent

    there is no gunshow loop hole if you are a dealer licenced by the federal goverment then you preform a background check at gunshows. the lie is that if you are a regular citizen you are not required to check any if citizen sells to another at a show or in aparkinglot the interstate commerse clause not restricting transactions between individuals holds. what anti-2nd amendment liars want is your right to sell something you own to dissapear, so they can stop you from passing a legal firearm to anyone else without their permission

    April 21, 2010 at 1:24 pm |
  14. Will

    Michael Bloomberg has absolutely no shame, whatsoever. He just looks right in the camera and flat-out lies. I suppose he's a policitican so I shouldn't be surprised, but still it sort of takes your breath away to see it so boldly done.

    It is absolutely NOT true that a licensed gun dealer can sell guns at a gun show without doing background checks, and he knows it. Every federal law that is in effect in the store is also in effect at a gun show. A licensed gun dealer MUST run a background check on EVERY gun he/she sells at a gun show. THERE IS NO GUN SHOW LOOPHOLE. It is a complete fabrication of the anti-gun crowd. Individuals who are not licensed gun dealers CAN sell guns at a gun show without doing a background check, but again, this is just as true when those people are NOT at a gun show. They can put an ad in the paper and sell a gun to anyone they want without a background check. Again, what is true OUTSIDE the gun show is true INSIDE the gun show. THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO GUN SHOW LOOPHOLE!!!! There never has been The anti-gun folks just made it up!

    CNN...This is so egregious, so unchallenged, such a bald-faced, look-in-the-camera lie, you owe it to your viewers to correct it on camera. Call the NRA; they'll be happy to have you play back the tape on camera and rebut his lies point by point.

    April 20, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  15. ORION.

    Bloomberg knows he is distorting the truth concerning FFL dealers at gun shows. Before any sale is complete, a full NICS check must be performed on the customer, that is federal law.
    The mayor wont be happy until ALL firearms are banned.

    Maybe he should work on trying to change the hearts and minds of people living in New York. Why are they so violent ? Why so apt to fire on each other?
    The problem has NEVER been the firearm or gun shows.... it's the people living in New York.

    April 20, 2010 at 8:33 pm |
  16. Justin from New Jersey

    Mayor Bloomberg's statement that gun dealers can take their entire inventory to a gun show and sell them without a background check is completely false.

    EVERY sale of a firearm by a gun dealer, whether it is in their store or at a gun show, requires a background check. The only exception is that in some states, citizens with a valid concealed-carry license do not need a background check to buy a firearm, but this applies to both gun shows and the dealer's actual store. These permit holders have already gone through a thorough background check when they were issued their concealed-carry permit, so again, the notion of the "gun show loophole" is complete nonsense.

    Any dealer who sells guns without the background check required by federal law - either in their store or at a gun show - will have their FFL (license to sell firearms) revoked as well as a high probability of prison time.

    We need to focus on enforcing existing laws. We need to increase punishments for crimes committed with firearms. We need to increase punishments for convicted felons illegally possessing firearms. We need to increase punishments for straw purchasers.

    Instead, we are wasting our time on issues that don't even exist.

    April 20, 2010 at 7:36 pm |
  17. obamaliar

    There he goes again. The fine mayor is lying again. The facts are that guns purchased at gun shows account for about 2% of gun crimes. The federally licensed dealers at gun shows are required and do the background checks. The mayors city is obviously so shoddily run that in one of the most restrictive city's for gun possession he can't control the guns. So he wants to make everyone in the country mad.
    If gun restriction is the answer the fine mayor needs to explain Chicago.

    April 20, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  18. Shawn

    What complete BS. Does CNN have any ethical standard at all? It is an absolute requirement that any licensed gun dealer must perform a background check prior to selling a firearm, regardless of where the gun is sold.

    There is no such thing as a gun show "loophole". It does not exist. There is nothing different about selling a gun at a show than any other venue, be it a parking lot, a classified ad, your kitchen, the buyer's kitchen, a range you frequent, all of these are the same.

    Any FFL who has rented a table at a gun show is not suddenly exempted from the State and Federal laws that they are obligated to follow at every other location. They literally move their business, for the duration of the show, from their home shop to a table or two at the location of the shop.

    What that POS Bloomberg is really talking about and trying to stop is the fact that individual private citizens are allowed to sell personal firearms without a license or without doing a background check. Why not just be honest about it Mr. Bloomberg and CNN? Yes, a private citizen has the right to sell a firearm without having a license or without doing a background check. However, a private citizen may not sell a firearm to a person they know or suspect is prohibited from owning firearms. Get it right you useless excuse for a news agency.

    April 20, 2010 at 4:12 pm |
  19. james

    Here in Va. we have a way to cut down gun crime. It is called a concealed handgun permit. It seems that when you allow the good people to protect themselves the bad guys have some fear. Just remember this. When you only have seconds to live the police are just minutes away. There is never one when you need one.

    April 20, 2010 at 2:10 pm |
  20. james

    I find it odd that people say that you don't need to submit to a background check at gun shows. I have purchased several guns at gun shows and gun shops. I have found that the process is the same at both. I have allwayse filled out the same paperwork regardless of were I buy my guns, unless it is from a person and not a shop. James In V.A.

    April 20, 2010 at 2:03 pm |
  21. Geoidinar

    I don't know where the mayor is getting his facts. All dealers at gun shows DO background checks on their customers just like sporting goods stores. My friends and I have purchased guns at gun shows and had to pass the background check every time! The mayor's agenda is all about control, gun control.

    April 20, 2010 at 1:46 pm |
  22. Kurt Wirth

    In 1938 or 39,wasn't someone featured on the cover of Time magazine for having removed gun ownership from the German people?

    April 20, 2010 at 1:18 pm |
  23. SoCal

    I am curious, in the interest of a fair and balanced report on this topic, where is the person representing the other side of this report? You need to have someone else knowledgeable to counter claims made by Mayor Bloomberg to be objective in this story. For instance, I believe his comment about Columbine was incorrect, didn't the guns belong to the kids parents?

    April 20, 2010 at 1:15 pm |
  24. Dave in St Pete

    Bloomberg states outright lies as usual and it not challenged by the CNN air heads! Dealers CAN NOT 'take their inventory to a gun show and sell them with out a background check". That is illegal. And 'a study' shows that 10,000 black market guns a year can be traced back to gun shows. WHAT study? Who did it? Was it peer reviewed? More BS and lies by Bloomberg and passed along as fact by the talking heads. I refuse to call them journalists!

    April 20, 2010 at 12:17 pm |