Two Georgia gun dealers have agreed to submit to monitoring by a court-appointed special master as part of a settlement in New York City's lawsuit against them, the New York Times reports. “The agreement will achieve exactly what we wanted: strict monitoring of their sales practices as well as financial penalties on any future violations of the law,” said Mayor Michael Bloomberg. “It is a big step forward in our battle against illegal guns, and it will provide us with broad powers to hold these dealers accountable.”
In a two-month sting operation, the city sent teams of private investigators posing as gun buyers to stores in five states, whose guns had been linked to more than 500 crimes in New York City from 1994 to 2001. Investigators caught 15 dealers allowing what appeared to be straw purchases, illegal transactions in which one person submits to a background check for a gun that is to be used by someone else. A-1 Jewelry and Pawn of Augusta and AAA Gun and Pawn Brokers of Hephzibah, will provide records, undergo video monitoring and take special training in conducting legal sales.