Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York City today has called for Congress to repeal the Tiahrt Amendment. A law passed in 2003 and made permanent in 2008 that Bloomberg claims is hampering the investigations of people such as Nidal Malik Hasan, the man who went on the shooting spree in Fort Hood, Texas.
The same Nidal Hasan who was already under investigation for posting on the Internet that Muslims should rise up against America and was declared to be mostly harmless.
It seems Bloomberg’s real problem isn’t that the Tiahrt Amendment prevents the investigation of firearm related crimes. If it did, we wouldn’t know that Hasan had bought the pistol he used from a Gunshop in Keleem, Texas. Bloomberg’s problem is that his group Mayors Against Illegal Guns have been trying to get their hands on confidential law enforcement data for their lawsuit against American firearms manufactuers.
If Mayor Bloomberg were actually interested in going after the time limit on how long transfer records are kept perhaps he should turn his attention to the 1994 Brady Law. This law is considered one of the most important pieces of gun control legislation in recent history which states:
(2) If receipt of a firearm would not violate section 922 (g) or (n) or State law, the system shall —
(A) assign a unique identification number to the transfer;
(B) provide the licensee with the number; and
(C) destroy all records of the system with respect to the call (other than the identifying number and the date the number was assigned) and all records of the system relating to the person or the transfer.
It seems strange that the law Bloomberg is going after is the law that protects the lives of law officers, their families and private citizens. Which happens to be the same law preventing his organization from filing a law suit against various American firearms makers.