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NYC Investigation Into AZ Gun Show Finds Dealers Sold Guns Without Background Checks

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One undercover investigator purchased a Glock pistol and a high-capacity magazine -- the same weapon Tucson shooting suspect Jared Lee Loughner allegedly used -- without a background check.

"We have demonstrated how easy it is for anyone to buy a semiautomatic handgun and a high capacity magazine, no questions asked," Bloomberg said in a statement. "This country must take two simple steps to stop more of the 34 murders that occur with guns every day: make every gun sale subject to a background check, and make sure the background check system has all the required records in it."

Crossroads of the West President Bob Templeton defended the gun show, saying "When we find someone who isn't complying with the law, we ask them to leave or don't allow them back."

While unlicensed gun dealers aren't required to run background checks, it violates federal law to sell a gun to a person a dealer suspects is a felon or mentally ill, the Times points out. According to Bloomberg's statement, the purchases appeared to be legal.

Read the entire report here.

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