NYC Police: Notes to Obama, Mayor Had Gun Threats

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WASHINGTON * A suspicious letter mailed to the White House was similar to two threatening, poison-laced letters on the gun law debate sent to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, one of the nation's most potent gun-control advocates, officials said Thursday.

The Secret Service said the letter addressed to President Barack Obama was intercepted by a White House mail screening facility. Two similar letters postmarked in Louisiana and sent to Bloomberg in New York and his gun control group in Washington contained traces of the deadly poison ricin.

It wasn't immediately clear whether the letter sent to Obama contained ricin. It was turned over to the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force for testing and investigation.

New York Police Department Commissioner Raymond Kelly said Thursday that all three letters apparently came from the same machine or computer .

The FBI said in a statement that field tests on the letters were consistent with the presence of a biological agent, and the letters were turned over to a laboratory for the kind of thorough analysis that is needed to verify a tentative finding.

The body of the letter mailed to New York was addressed to "you" and referenced the gun control debate. Kelly said the unsigned letter says, in so many words: "Anyone who comes for my guns will be shot in the face. …