Arizona Attorney General Criticizes Bloomberg's Gun-Show Sting

February 1, 2011 - 6:29 PM

Phoenix (AP) - Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne says New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg overstepped his power in authorizing investigators to run an undercover sting operation at a Phoenix gun show.

Horne said Tuesday the sting was a public relations stunt.

During the sting, investigators hired by New York City bought semiautomatic pistols after they said they probably couldn't pass a background check.

Horne says Bloomberg ought to consider the skyrocketing crime in his city before sending police officers to another state.

Bloomberg spokesman Jason Post disputes Horne's characterization of New York City's crime and says the sting was carried out by Arizona-based private investigators, not city police.