Monday, December 20, 2010

Feds want reporting for high-powered rifle sales

This is a load of bullshit. The atf is looking for more power of legal gun owners, sellers and buyers. If this is approved, the next thing you will hear about is honest gun dealers being put out of business for legally selling a weapon (or two) to someone who did something stupid. One by one, the atf will attempt to shut down our places of purchasing firearms, backdoor gun control.

Why doesn't mexico solve it's own problems? felipe calderon has launched an offensive? Seriously? Four years and the drug lords still control large parts of northern mexico and parts of the South Western United States. We know that there is very little interest in this Country of securing our border. obama and his thugs have proven it time and time again. It seems that mexico has little interest in solving their drug problem. It's all about money. Billions of dollars in drug revenue have a way of negating any serious effort to end drug gang violence. Corruption is the problem in mexico, not American firearms...

By Alicia A. Caldwell, Associated Press

WASHINGTON – The federal agency that monitors gun sales wants weapons dealers near the Mexican border to start reporting multiple sales of high-powered rifles, according to a notice published in the Federal Register.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has asked the White House budget office to approve an emergency request requiring border-area gun dealers to report the sales of two or more rifles to the same customer within a five-day period.

The emergency request, published Friday in the Federal Register, is likely to face stiff opposition from gun rights advocates, including the National Rifle Association. ATF wants the Office of Budget Management to approve the request by Jan. 5.

NRA officials did not immediately return a telephone message for comment Monday. Last week the group's chief lobbyist, Chris Cox, told the Washington Post that the "NRA supports legitimate efforts to stop criminal activity, but we will not stand idle while our Second Amendment is sacrificed for politics." The Post first reported the proposal.

High-powered rifles have become the weapon of choice for Mexico's warring drug cartel. More than 30,000 people have been killed in Mexico's drug war since President Felipe Calderon launched an offensive against the powerful drug gangs shortly after taking office in late 2006.

Officials on both sides of the border have said weapons bought legally in the United States are routinely smuggled into the Mexico. The proposed reporting requirement would apply to sales of two or more semi-automatic guns more powerful than .22-caliber rifles that use a detachable magazine within a five-day period.

ATF, which tracks weapons found in Mexico and has tied tens of thousands of recovered guns to U.S. dealers, has been criticized for not doing enough to curb the flow of guns to Mexico, where firearms sales are highly restricted.

Last month a Justice Department report on the agency's Operation Gunrunner criticized the program as being narrowly focused on individual gun buyers and not larger smuggling organizations believed responsible for significant numbers of guns being shipped across the border.

Currently there are no reporting requirements for rifles.

If approved by the White House, the new reporting requirement would affect nearly 8,500 border-area gun dealers in Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas and be in place for 180 days.