NYC
01/14/2011 11:27 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Mayor Bloomberg And Public Advocate Spar Over NYPD Glock Boycott

Public officials are calling for the NYPD to boycott gun manufacturers who produce high-capacity magazines like the one that injured Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and 19 others.

Public Advocate Bill de Blasio told the New York Post that, if gun makers like Glock don't stop selling these types of guns, the city should shop elsewhere for firearms.

"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 said.

From the Post:

The issue came to light after Loughner, 22, killed six people, including a federal judge and 9-year-old girl, in a fusillade of bullets Saturday in Tucson, Ariz., with his legally purchased Glock and 33-round magazine.

His brutal assault, which left Giffords and 13 others hospitalized, was stopped only when he was tackled after pausing to reload.

But NYPD spokesman Paul Browne balks at the idea of restricting the companies the department buys from.

"Were the department to boycott manufacturers based on 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 the practical solution," Browne said.

Mayor Bloomberg is also against the idea of a boycott.

On Friday Morning, Bloomberg reasoned that a boycott would lead to higher crime rates.

"The trouble is, if we boycott one, you probably have to boycott all of them and 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. Back in the day when they were out-gunned, we had 2,000 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 it.