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ATF to require gunbuyer information on border

In an effort to stem the illicit flow of weapons into Mexico, the Justice Department says gun shops in four Southwest border states will be required to alert the federal government to frequent buyers of high-powered rifles.

The new policy comes amid wide-spread criticism of a failed federal probe called Operation Fast and Furious aimed at dismantling large-scale arms trafficking networks along the Arizona border with Mexico.

Under the new policy, federal firearms licensees in Texas, California, Arizona and New Mexico must report purchases of two or more of some types of rifles by the same person in a five-day span. The requirement applies to purchases of semi-automatic rifles that have detachable magazines and a caliber of greater than .22.

ATF estimates it will generate 18,000 reports a year.

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  1. 18,000 reports a year…. I wonder when they will get time to review them? Just enforce the laws and forget the additional rules. All this will do is increase the cost to law abiding citizens. Wow what a bad knee jerk reaction to a stupid action by our government – go Janet.

  2. Yes Don, heaven forbid that we try to keep track of straw buyers who supply guns to Mexican drug cartels. No one should question why someone buys boatloads of semi-auto weapons, it might upset the NRA, which controls what passes for “government” in Arizany.

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