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Monday
Jul112011

New Gun-Buyer Rule Approved for Mexican Border States

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The Office of Management and Budget on Monday approved a federal rule that will require gun-dealers along the U.S Southwest border to report multiple sales of semi-automatic weapons with detachable magazines.

Under the rule, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives will send requests to gun dealers in Texas, California, Arizona and New Mexico seeking information on gun buyers who purchase two or more weapons a week that are long guns with semi-automatic action and have a caliber greater than .22 and have a detachable magazine.

Department of Justice and ATF officials say the rule is needed to combat the flow of guns going to Mexico and straw purchasers.

"Federal, state and foreign law enforcement agencies have determined that certain types of semi-automatic rifles -- greater than .22 caliber and with the ability to accept a detachable magazine -- are highly sought after by dangerous drug trafficking organizations and frequently recovered at violent crime scenes near the Southwest Border," Deputy Attorney General James Cole said.

"This new reporting measure -- tailored to focus only on multiple sales of these types of rifles to the same person within a five-day period -- will improve the ability of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to detect and disrupt the illegal weapons trafficking networks responsible for diverting firearms from lawful commerce to criminals and criminal organizations."

Officials estimate that it will take two to three weeks for the ATF to begin sending the information requests. The National Rifle Association said it planned to challenge the Obama administration's effort with a lawsuit.

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