NYC-paid private investigators make online gun buys around U.S.

(AP) - Mayor Michael Bloomberg says that private investigators hired by New York City found that most private gun sellers they approached online illegally agreed

NEW YORK - (AP) - Mayor Michael Bloomberg says that private investigators hired by New York City found that most private gun sellers they approached online illegally agreed to sell weapons to buyers who said they couldn't pass background checks.

Among the guns purchased in the undercover operation announced Wednesday was a model identical to the one police say was used to kill Officer Peter Figoski Monday.

Bloomberg says investigators used Craigslist and other websites to contact 125 online gun sellers in 14 states. So-called private sellers aren't required to conduct a background check before selling a gun, but it's illegal for them to sell to someone they believe wouldn't pass a background check.

The mayor says 77 of the 125 sellers agreed to sell to buyers who said they couldn't pass a background check.

To watch Mayor Michael Bloomberg's news conference on illegal online gun sales, go to channel 612 on your iO digital cable box and select iO Extra.

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