Albany Machine Gun Scandal: Bloomberg Looking in Wrong Place, Says SAF

Oct 10, 2007, 01:00 ET from Second Amendment Foundation

    BELLEVUE, Wash., Oct. 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The renewed scandal
 involving alleged missing machine guns that had been secretly and illicitly
 purchased by officers with the Albany, NY Police Department several years
 ago suggests that if New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg wants to go after
 illegal guns, he need only drive up the Hudson River with his rogue
 investigators and turn them loose, the Second Amendment Foundation said
     The Albany Times Union reported this week that dozens of automatic
 weapons, obtained apparently without approval by police officers in 1993
 and 1994 -- during the first Clinton Administration -- were originally
 thought to have been rounded up and destroyed a few years ago. But now, the
 newspaper said, some of these guns are apparently still missing. One of the
 guns was reportedly found at a Texas gun store. Another of the guns had
 been obtained by an assistant district attorney, who ultimately turned it
 in about four years ago. It was not explained why he had the gun in the
 first place, but he certainly should have known better, SAF said.
     "While Mayor Bloomberg has been bullying gun shops in other states for
 alleged illegal gun trafficking, he might want to send his vigilante
 private investigators to harass the Keystone Kops of the Albany Police
 Department," said SAF founder Alan Gottlieb. "And instead of suing gun
 dealers for firearms that show up in New York City crimes, maybe he ought
 to apologize to the citizens of Texas for the fact that an illicit Albany
 machine gun showed up in their state.
     "Bloomberg and people like him repeatedly argue that one type of
 firearm or another should be restricted to the police and military," he
 continued. "This case, and similar ones in Oregon and Michigan where police
 officers were charged with federal firearms violations, demonstrates just
 how ridiculous that argument is. We're surprised that none of the officers
 in the Albany scandal were prosecuted.
     "Perhaps the worst part about this scandal is that it is a black mark
 against all the good, decent police officers out there who wouldn't dream
 of being mixed up in something like this," Gottlieb observed. "Millions of
 law- abiding American citizens, including thousands who currently own
 fully- automatic firearms, have never been involved in anything remotely
 similar to this fiasco, yet Mike Bloomberg wants to strip them of their gun
     "Contrary to what the Bloomberg Bunch says, maybe these guns should be
 restricted to anybody but the police," Gottlieb concluded.
     The Second Amendment Foundation ( is the nation's
 oldest and largest tax-exempt education, research, publishing and legal
 action group focusing on the Constitutional right and heritage to privately
 own and possess firearms. Founded in 1974, The Foundation has grown to more
 than 600,000 members and supporters and conducts many programs designed to
 better inform the public about the consequences of gun control.

SOURCE Second Amendment Foundation