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The Justice Department’s new policy on requiring all gun shops in four Southwest border states to report frequent buyers of semi-automatic weapons is drawing both praise and criticism.

Dennis Henigan, acting president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, is pleased with the new requirement.

“This new reporting rule will give law enforcement new capacity to interdict these deadly guns before they can be used against Mexican police and citizens.”

But the National Rifle Association (NRA) said it plans to sue the administration over the rule.

“This is a blatant effort by the Obama administration and ATF to divert focus of Congress and the general public from their gross incompetence in the Fast and Furious scandal,” NRA executive director Chris Cox said in a statement.

“This scheme will unjustly burden law-abiding retailers in border states,” he said. “It will not affect drug cartels and it won’t prevent violence along our borders.”

Source: Shannon Bream for Fox News.

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