Arizona’s Republican legislators and the operators of the Crossroads of the West gun show are baffled as to why a team of investigators with NYC connections would try to buy firearms undercover in Tucson. Don’t they have something more elitist to do, like attend an off-Broadway play?

The investigators were trying to prove a point–that they could buy guns, “even after they said they probably couldn’t pass a background check.” And prove they did: purchasing some nine millimeters without showing proper ID, and creating a national news story. And now some of the Arizona legislators are offended:

“Let me get this straight: From New York City, they are going to send people to Arizona to look into this?” said state Sen. Ron Gould, a Republican. “They might take a look a little closer to home if they are concerned about guns getting in their state.”

Well, if the guns come from Arizona, which they very well might, then Bloomberg’s on target. Also, Tucson has symbolic significance: you might recall that a senseless shooting took place there a few weeks ago.

Meanwhile, the heads of the gun show feel so violated, but in a mad and defiant way:

“Mayor Bloomberg and his `task force’ have no legal authority in the state of Arizona, or in any other place in America except New York City,” said the statement from the Crossroads of the West Gun Shows. “These forays into America’s heartland committing blatant acts to entrap otherwise innocent gun owners is an unlawful scheme that is created by Bloomberg’s task force.”

First it was the illegal immigrants invading Arizona to behead everyone, and now it’s the Bloombergers rushing in to make secret videos. Maybe Arizona should just pass a law letting nobody within its borders. Not everyone deserves the right to set foot in such a utopia, anyhow.

Here’s the gun-buy movie, in case you enjoy watching undercover operations unfold: