Bloomberg slams McDonnell on one gun a month repeal

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WWBT) - New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg continued his string of attacks on Virginia's gun laws Friday, by criticizing Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell for signing a repeal of an anti-gun measure.

"If you take a look at Virginia, of all the states after Virginia Tech, you would think that they would be more sensitive to what's going on," Bloomberg told NBC12's Rachel DePompa.

Four NYPD officers have been shot in the last two months. Two of the four illegal guns were bought in Virginia. Officer Peter Figoski was killed by one of those weapons.

"I think every state does have a responsibility to the other 49 states to make sure that they don't contribute to problems in the other states," said Bloomberg.

Bloomberg has been attacking Virginia's gun laws for years. He's contributed money to pro-gun control candidates in the Commonwealth, sued Virginia gun dealers and even paid for anti-gun commercials here.

RACHEL: What business is it of yours to dictate what goes on in another state?

Bloomberg: "I have no business to dictate what goes on in another state other than if that state does something that influences our state. That's the issue here."

Bloomberg was particularly upset by Virginia's repeal of the one-gun-a-month law. The law was passed in the 1990s to stop someone who can pass a background check from buying multiple weapons for someone who cannot. However, while the law was in place the number of illegal guns in New York City that could be traced back to Virginia grew.

"If it's not working well enough, strengthen the law, don't walk away from it," said Bloomberg. He also criticized Gov. McDonnell for voting for the law in the 1900s and not vetoing its repeal. "I just think he has a responsibility to help other states, not just New York, where guns that are sold in Virginia wind up."

A spokesperson for Gov. McDonnell said this week the Governor appreciated the Mayor's interest in the Commonwealth, saying, "We wish the Mayor the best during this difficult time and we hope he won't hesitate to call on us if our law enforcement agencies can be of assistance in ensuring public safety in New York City."

"Any concerns by other law enforcement agencies regarding violation of the illegal trafficking laws should be immediately forwarded to the appropriate Virginia law enforcement agency," the spokesperson added.

Virginia's repeal of the one gun a month law goes into effect July 1st.

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