The city of Sharonville today released a statement in response to an undercover investigation by New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg into illegal gun sales. The investigation, which covered seven gun shows in three states, including the Sharonville Convention Center, allegedly showed how easy it is for criminals to buy firearms at gun shows.
When we discussed this the other day, there was certainly no shortage of critical comments. Some pro-gun guys however did admit that the transactions highlighted in the report were illegal and should simply be prosecuted. The Sharonville complaint seems to be that Bloomberg had no authority to do what he did and as a result what his team discovered cannot be pursued legally. But the article goes on to simply deny that wrongdoing occurs.
Our Convention Center has provided the venue for these and many other events over the past 15 years without a single violation being reported by any law enforcement agency.
It should be noted that federal agencies are actively involved in monitoring and enforcing these gun shows including the one represented in the investigation. The violations referred to are federal and not state. The City of Sharonville does not have jurisdiction over federal laws, but does take any violation very seriously.
To our knowledge no federal agency was informed of this private investigation and, therefore, makes enforcement of these particular incidents impossible.
Is the author of the Sharonville response saying that no crime has ever taken place, as far as they know, but if it has, it's not their concern because it would be federal, and besides, Bloomberg messed up the whole thing anyway by not informing the proper authorities? Is that about it?
Wha's your opinion? Do you think the Bloomberg investigation succeeded in showing how easy it is to buy guns at gun shows, even if you're a prohibited person? Don't you think that was the point?
What's your opinion? Is the Sharonville Ohio response representative of the "turning a blind eye" which I've accused the pro-gun folks of doing? To me it seems like a perfect illustration.
What do you think? Please leave a comment.