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House Democrats are upset with the White House for delaying new reporting requirements for firearm dealers along the Mexico border.

Rep. Judy Chu (D-Calif.) is spearheading an effort to require border-state gun dealers to report bulk purchases of assault weapons made over short windows of time — an emergency measure requested by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) in December.

On Friday, the Obama administration rejected the ATF’s request to institute that change quickly, arguing that expediting the proposal would deny the public a fair shot to weigh in. But gun reformers on and off Capitol Hill say the crescendo of violent crime along the Mexican border in recent years — and reports that thousands of the crime guns originate as legal purchases in the United States — demand a more urgent response from the White House.

“The level of violence that’s happening in Mexico is unacceptable, and it’s increased exponentially,” Chu said Monday in a phone interview with The Hill. “Time is of the essence.”

Source: Mike Lillis for The Hill.

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