Report: Many weapons used by Mexican drug gangs originate in U.S.

A trio of Democratic U.S. senators called for tougher firearms…

A trio of Democratic U.S. senators called for tougher firearms laws and regulations after releasing a report that showed a large number of weapons used by Mexico drug gangs originating north of the border.

More than 70% of 29,284 firearms submitted to the U.S. Department of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms for tracing by the Mexican government during 2009 and 2010 originated in the United States, according to the report.

“Congress has been virtually moribund while powerful Mexican drug trafficking organizations continue to gain unfettered access to military-style firearms coming from the United States,” said Sen. Diane Feinstein of California.

In a letter this month to Feinstein, the ATF acknowledged the United States keeps no record of criminal firearms seized in Mexico and that “the Mexican government does not submit every recovered firearm to ATF for tracing.”

Source: Ed Payne for CNN.

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  • LIES, LIES, DAMNED LIES. SOON WE WILL READ THE GUNRRUNER REPORT AND KNOW THE TRUTH..OBAMA AND HOLDER…AND THE BATFE…LIE. .LIE. .LIE….

  • highstepinlowcrawler

    Perhaps the BATFE could launch an operation where they discover all the smugglers tricks by allowing hundreds of firearms into Mexico…..Oh, wait….never mind.

  • Hazekamp

    Seems like this should illicit a more proper response from our Democratic Senators, such as the continued strengthening of our countries respective borders, not tougher firearms laws which really only affect those who are already operating within the law. Wake up to fact that the Mexican border requires near demilitarized zone status to check these and other illegal activities. An increase in Mexico’s proactivity along the border in terms of policing their own people would also be refreshing and will probably never happen.