BELLEVUE, WA — The Second Amendment Foundation today applauded Virginia Attorney General Robert F. McDonnell for requesting legislation that would outlaw “simulated straw purchases,” thus prohibiting the kind of vigilante gun sting operation mounted last year by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
In a letter to Gov. Timothy M. Kaine, McDonnell noted that “The recent activities by the City of New York in Virginia brought this issue to my attention. New York’s actions were met with much concern by law enforcement and this office, and have resulted in much civil litigation against Virginia businesses.”
Bloomberg has filed civil lawsuits against Virginia gun dealers for alleged gun sale violations uncovered by “private investigators,” but the Department of Justice has declined to file charges against these dealers, and instead warned Bloomberg’s office against further such activities.
“Mayor Bloomberg was hoping to arouse state officials with his rogue operation,” observed SAF founder Alan M. Gottlieb, “but I don’t think this is quite what he had in mind. We’re hoping other states, where Bloomberg sent his lackeys to interfere with federal law enforcement efforts – and essentially entrap businessmen and women outside of his jurisdiction – will follow Virginia’s lead and introduce similar legislation.
“Attorney General McDonnell makes it clear in his letter that under the proposed legislation, ‘non law-enforcement activities related to undercover illegal firearm purchases will not be tolerated’,” Gottlieb noted. “This legislation sends a clear signal to Michael Bloomberg that his harebrained political stunts are not welcome outside of the Big Apple.”
In his letter, McDonnell told Gov. Kaine that the bill “strikes the proper balance between ensuring effective law enforcement and protecting the rights of business and those of Virginia citizens under the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution.
“Bloomberg should mind his own business, and let Virginians tend to theirs,” Gottlieb stated. “Maybe Bloomberg ought to stay north and west of the Hudson River, much less ever try pulling a stunt like this again south of the Potomac.”