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Tuesday, August 29, 2006

CrimProf James Jacobs Talks About NY Mayor-ATF Dispute

JacobsFrom New York University School of Law CrimProf James Jacobs recently commented on NYC Mayor Bloomberg's supposed discrepancy with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms. 

"Law enforcement rarely discloses anything," CrimProf James Jacobs, said. "The mayor is showing a kind of unprecedented vigor in promoting the interests of the city ... but the inability to work with a federal agency seems disappointing. ATF has the legal responsibility for regulating this system and for investigating and even taking away the licenses of irresponsible federally licensed firearm dealers."

More than three months after Mayor Bloomberg's announcement that he had sent private investigators into five states to catch gun dealers making illegal sales, he is refusing to turn over the evidence they've gathered to the ATF until the ATF signs an evidence-sharing agreement that would prohibit the agency from "publicly disclosing evidence without notice and consent from the city." Rest of Article. . . [Mark Godsey]

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