Ricin Letter Sent to Mayor Bloomberg
He never received it; NYPD says writer angry about gun laws
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted May 29, 2013 5:30 PM CDT
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.   (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

(Newser) – Someone angry about the push for stricter gun laws sent a letter believed to be tainted with ricin to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, says the NYPD. Police think the same person also sent a ricin letter to the DC headquarters of a group that Bloomberg helps run called Mayors Against Illegal Guns, reports the New York Times. The New York City letter addressed to Bloomberg arrived Friday but never got to the mayor after being opened at a city mail facility. Members of the NYPD who later examined it had minor symptoms that have since eased.

“The writer, in letters, threatened Mayor Bloomberg, with references to the debate on gun laws,” says an NYPD spokesperson. No symptoms were reported in Washington after the letter there was opened over the weekend, reports AP. Preliminary tests turned up traces of ricin in the anonymous letters, and more thorough testing is underway. The FBI has joined the investigation. Bloomberg has emerged as one of the most vocal advocates of tougher gun laws in the wake of the Newtown shooting.

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May 30, 2013 9:11 AM CDT
My right to carry any type of gun anywhere I want is protected by the Constitution. Saying I don't have that right has nothing to do with the Constitution and means you are deserving of death without due process.
May 30, 2013 7:01 AM CDT
These letters are nothing more than some crushed castor beans which test positive for Ricin but have none of the ill effects. Why is the media hyping this up to be more than it is?
May 30, 2013 6:33 AM CDT
I would suspect the anti gun group lacing a letter that was not designed to kill as the culprit here.