BELLEVUE, WA â€“ Anti-gun New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg should â€œmind his own store before telling others how to operate theirs,â€ said the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, after an audit found that the New York Police Department lost track of dozens of guns in its own storage lockers.
â€œWhile this guy has been bullying gun dealers around the country about so-called â€˜slip-shodâ€™ operations,â€ chuckled CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb, â€œhis own police department seems to be slipping quite a bit on its own. Bloomberg needs to back off, shut up and get his own house in order before telling others how to operate.â€
According to the New York Times, â€œnearly one out of three handguns and rifles that had been turned in to the police could not be immediately accounted for in a Manhattan property clerkâ€™s office.â€
â€œWeâ€™re waiting for Bloomberg to send a team of undercover vigilante investigators down there to find out whatâ€™s wrong,â€ Gottlieb said. â€œCan one of his infamous lawsuits be far behind?â€
Bloomberg dispatched non-police â€œinvestigatorsâ€ to run stings on gun shops in several states more than two years ago, ostensibly to show how easy it is to illegally obtain guns in other states. He then sued gun dealers in five states. This rogue operation landed the mayorâ€™s office in hot water with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for jeopardizing on-going legitimate investigations. Ultimately the Justice Department warned the mayor not to pull that stunt again.
â€œIf Mayor Bloomberg wants to find mismanagement of a firearms inventory,â€ Gottlieb stated, â€œhe doesnâ€™t need to send goon squads to Georgia, the Carolinas, and Virginia or anywhere outside of his jurisdiction. All he really needs is to do is visit the police property room in Manhattan and turn his lawyers loose.
â€œItâ€™s a pity that Bloomberg canâ€™t lose his arrogant attitude as easily as his cops can lose track of their gun inventory,â€ he concluded.