By Jueseppi B.
FIVE THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT GUN TRAFFICKING TO MEXICO
AND WHAT CONGRESS AND THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT HAVE TO DO WITH IT
Jun 20, 2012
2. Gun traffickers can buy semi-automatic handguns and rifles in bulk in the8,000 gun shops along the border with Mexico.
According to an analysis by President Felipe Calderon of Mexico, that’s nine gun shops for every Wal-Mart found in all of Mexico and the United States combined. The Fast and Furious program involved about 2,000 firearms crossing the border into Mexico, about3% of the guns moving from U.S. gun shops to Mexico in the last four years.
3. While bulk sales of handguns trigger a report to ATF; bulk sales of rifles do not. The Obama Administration established a rule to allow reporting to ATF of sales of certain rifles in border gun shops to help catch gun traffickers. Who else buys semi-automatic military weaponry in bulk?
4. House Republicans are actively blocking the Obama Administration’s efforts catch gun traffickers. The House twice has voted to block continued implementation of the Administration’s regulatory requirement that multiple sales of certain semi-automatic rifles in the border states be promptly reported to ATF to give the law enforcers real-time notice of the suspicious gun sales that are feeding the drug cartels.
5. The reporting rule works. In less than one year, ATF opened more than 120 criminal investigations based solely on the rifle reporting rule, more than 25 of which have been referred to prosecutors.
To see a CNN interview on this topic, with Dennis Henigan, click here.
To learn more about the problem of gun trafficking to Mexico, click here.
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