NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 01: Bill de Blasio speaks at a press conference at New York City Hall during his campaigning for New York City Public Advocate where he received endorsements from actor Steve Buscemi and the Uniformed Fire Fighters of New York on September 1, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Bill de Blasio
The City's public advocate wants the weapons of high-capacity gun manufacturers – like the Glock used in last Saturday’s Tuscon massacre – to stay out of the holsters of New York City’s finest. But Mayor Bloomberg and the NYPD don’t agree.
Public Advocate Bill de Blasio is calling on the NYPD to boycott some weapon companies in light of the Arizona shooting that left six dead and Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in critical condition, in order to get them to stop selling powerful guns to regular buyers.
“If Glock will not stop selling these magazines to consumers, then the New York City Police Department should start buying the firearms they need from a different company,” de Blasio told the New York Post.
Bloomberg, a gun control advocate and founder of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, thinks a boycott of the weapons is a dangerous idea because “then you go back to the days when the crooks had better guns than the cops.”
“We don’t want our cops out-armed, out-gunned,” Bloomberg said on WOR’s John Gambling Friday morning. “Back in the day when they were out-gunned we had 2,0000 murders. Today’s there’s not 2,000 murders, there’s a quarter of that. There’s a lot of things that went into lowering the crime, but arming the cops was part of that.”
The police department buys their guns from three manufacturers: Glock, Smith & Wesson and Sig Saugher. All sell high-powered magazines, Bloomberg said.
The NYPD has also sided with Bloomberg on the proposed idea.
“Were the department to boycott manufacturers based their sale and marketing of high-capacity magazines, there would be no source of reliable weapons for any newly hired officers going forward, making a federal ban,” NYPD spokesman Paul Browne told the New York Post.