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Rep. Elijah Cummings on Thursday urged Congress to criminalize firearms trafficking to Mexico and to more strictly regulate the gun trade inside the United States.

During a forum on Capitol Hill, the Maryland Democrat circulated a 26-page report asking for the entry into force of a federal statute designed specifically to criminalize the trafficking of firearms to Mexico.

Rep. Carolyn Mahoney (D-N.Y.) said she and Cummings plan to put forward such a bill.
Cummings said that deficiencies in federal laws prevent efficaciously combating the illicit flow of weapons to the Mexican drug cartels.

The report recommends, among other things, greater sanctions for people who serve as intermediaries for the drug traffickers in buying weapons.

It also asks for the strengthening of requirements for registering multiple purchases of guns such as AK-47 assault rifles, the cartels’ weapon of choice.

Under the current federal law, weapons dealers must only report the multiple purchases of handguns, but not rifles.

Source: Fox News

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