On the heels of the shooting at the Washington Navy Yard, Mayor Michael Bloomberg is renewing his call for stricter gun laws, particularly the restriction of online gun sales. NY1's Courtney Gross filed the following report.
For those looking to buy a gun, Mayor Bloomberg says all they have to do is go online.
"Not only are criminals buying guns online, they are doing so brazenly," Bloomberg said.
Two days after the shooting at the Washington Navy Yard, Mayor Bloomberg is once again calling for universal background checks.
His group, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, conducted a four-month investigation into the website Armslist.com.
The group focused in on gun buyers, and found that one in 30 had criminal records and would not pass a background check from a licensed dealer.
As a result, Bloomberg argues gun buyers are now turning to the web.
"They just must feel that there's no enforcement, and there's not going to be any enforcement," Bloomberg said.
Online gun sales and gun show sales are considered private, meaning that buyers in most states do not need a background check.
Armslist.com did not respond to a request for comment, but the website does prompt visitors with a warning that says illegal sales are prohibited.
"There is no other country in the developed world that has a problem remotely of this magnitude with guns," Bloomberg said.
At least for now, Congress is not heeding the mayor's warning.
"We're going to move this up as quickly as we can, but we've got to have the votes first. We don't have the votes," said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
Bloomberg's appeal follows a serious defeat for the mayor in Colorado, where two state senators he supported were recalled, losing their jobs after voting for stricter gun laws.
"Sadly it was the loss for two of the senators of their jobs, but in terms of helping the people of Colorado, it was a big win," Bloomberg said.
With a little more than three months left in office, Mayor Bloomberg's role moving forward remains a question.
For him, Bloomberg says the issue of background checks will remain a top priority.
"My kids and I live in this country, and we want to be safe," Bloomberg said. "We certainly aren't going to walk away from this."