New York Orchestrates Video Sting ... Reveals Gun Dealers Shady Business

Gun shows represent a bus-sized loophole in the law.

Right-wingers have been having fun in recent weeks with the ACORN "gotcha" videos supposedly showing community organizers indulging in illicit behavior. But they're about to discover that the undercover video can be a two-edged sword.

Over the past year,New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been sending out private investigators to gun shows around the country, focusing on locales where NYPD and other local law enforcement are seeing guns arriving from. And what they showed was incredibly revealing.

It shows the dirty little secret that everyone who attends gun shows with any kind of discerning eye can tell you: There are a lot of illegitimate transactions taking place at them -- and particularly a lot of sales of guns to people who could never pass a background check.

The videos are now available for public viewing. We've provided a couple of them here, but go see the full set of them -- along with the accompanying report -- visit the website Gun Show Undercover.

There seems to be some confusion whether they're watching something illegal. They are.

David Neiwert is a freelance journalist based in Seattle. He's a contributor to Crooks and Liars and runs the blog Orcinus. His most recent book is The Eliminationists: How Hate Talk Radicalized the American Right.
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