Bloomberg Will ‘Absolutely’ Stay With Gun Group After He Leaves Office


At a press conference Wednesday at City Hall, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said he will “absolutely” remain involved with his group, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, after he leaves office at the end of 2013. 

“Absolutely, absolutely. My kids and I live in this country and we want to be safe,” Bloomberg said in response to a question from TPM. “I’m not going to walk away from this.” 

Bloomberg scheduled the press conference to announce the results of an investigation into online gun sales, which was conducted by Mayors Against Illegal Guns. He co-founded the group in 2006 and has been the primary vehicle for his high-profile national gun control advocacy. According to Bloomberg, that investigation found “thousands of criminals and other prohibited purchasers” were seeking to illegally purchase guns online.