I've been meaning to mention this for some time now, but it has always just slipped away. Today, thanks to an e-mail from Rebeldame at From a Southern Girl's Perspective... I've been reminded. Thanks girl.
Some time back, in a purely political staged event, Mr. Bloomberg authorized the City of New York to hire undercover agents in order to perpetrate a "sting" operation on legitimate gun dealers in several states. Virginia included. The sting involved these agents, (essentially City of New York contract employees), intentionally misrepresenting themselves while attempting to make illegal firearms purchases from legitimate dealers.
The City of New York then proceeded to sue these gun dealers with the intention of driving them out of business via costly litigation. It has worked with at least two Virginia dealers. The costs of defending their legitimate businesses against the blatantly illegal activities of the New York City employees, their boss, and his subsequent civil lawsuit has forced these two dealers to close up shop. Nine other dealers have folded and settled the lawsuit, at considerable harm to their business.
In a letter to Mr. John Feinblatt, Criminal Justice Coordinator for the City of New York, Michael A. Battle, Director of the Executive Office for United States Attorneys informs the Mayor that his undercover agent employees did not uncover any criminal activity at any of the legitimate gun dealer's places of business;
As I communicated to you in May of 2006, the evaluation and investigation of this matter is within the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF). Accordingly, the materials your office provided to ATF's New York Field Division were referred to the appropriate ATF field offices for evaluation. Recently, the ATF field offices concluded their evaluation and investigation, and consulted with their respective United States Attorney's Office. The United States Attorney's Offices in each district wherein the City of New York conducted activities have carefully reviewed the matters and considered all of the materials. Each United States Attorney's Office has concluded that the circumstances surrounding the purchases do not rise to the level that would support a criminal prosecution.Mr. Battle goes a step further and warns Bloomberg that the City of New York and its employees have come dangerously close to committing chargeable offenses themselves and to cease and desist;
Although a decision has been made not to move forward with case filings in these matters, you should be aware that there are potential legal liabilities that may attach when persons outside of law enforcement undertake actions typically reserved for law enforcement agents. This risk is particularly acute when such persons, however well intentioned, but without proper law enforcement authority, misrepresent that they are the actual purchasers of the firearms when, in fact, the purchases are being made on behalf of another person or entity (for instance, on behalf of the City).[Link](PDF)Ouch.
Now, just how can you rub Mayor Bloomberg's nose in his own mess? Easy. Just go to one of the following Virginia dealers and make a purchase of $100.00 (or more) and be entered in a drawing for either a Para Ordnance PX745E handgun or a Browning Varmint Stalker in 223 WSSM. Your purchase does not have to be a firearm, it can be anything in the store. You get one chance per hundred dollars spent. Buy $500.00 worth of merchandise and get 5 chances to win.
Bob Moates Sports Shop
10418 Hull Street Road
Midlothian, VA 23112
Bob Moates Sports Shop
212 David Bruce Ave.
Charlotte CH, VA 23923
Old Dominion Gun and Tackle
7608 Martinsville Highway
Danville, VA 24541
Hmm. I think I need some fishing stuff. And clothes. And ammo.