No Surprise: Senate Report Says U.S. Guns Going to Mexican Drug Traffickers at Alarming Rate; Makes Recommendations

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By Allan Lengel

Certainly this comes as no surprise.

A Congressional report released Monday concludes that American military-style weapons are arming Mexico’s violent drug organizations at an alarming rate and policy makers are not adequately responding.

“Congress has been virtually moribund while powerful Mexican drug trafficking organizations continue to gain unfettered access to military-style firearms coming from the United States,” said Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), one of three Senators who issued the report. The others were Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.).

“New ATF data provided last week reveals that more than 70 percent of firearms recovered at crime scenes and traced by Mexican officials actually originated in the United States<” Feinstein said.

Sen. Schumer added:  “This report confirms what many of us already know to be true: although the Senate’s recently passed border measure will help make our Southern border safer, it is still too easy for Mexican drug lords to get their hands on deadly military-grade weapons within our borders. “We need to redouble our efforts to keep violent firearms out of the hands of these traffickers.”

The report recommends legislation to make it tougher to buy weapons at guns shows: better enforcement of the existing ban on imports of military-style weapons; reinstatement of the expired Assault Weapons Ban; reporting by Federal Firearms Licensees on all multiple firearms sales; and Senate ratification of the Inter-American Convention Against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking of Firearms, Ammunition, Explosives and Other Related Materials (CIFTA).

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