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ATF to require gun buyer information on border

ATF to require gun buyer information on border

POSTED: Monday, July 11, 2011 - 6:57pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, August 10, 2011 - 2:29pm

WASHINGTON — In an effort to stem the illicit flow of weapons into Mexico, the Justice Department announced Monday that all 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 criticism of a flawed federal probe aimed at dismantling large-scale arms trafficking networks along the Arizona border with Mexico.

In the probe, called Operation Fast and Furious, several agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives say they were inexplicably ordered by superiors to stop tracking some small-time "straw" buyers who purchased large numbers of weapons apparently destined for drug cartels.

Twenty low-level gun buyers have been charged in the operation. In December, two assault rifles that one of the now-indicted small-time buyers under scrutiny in Fast and Furious had purchased from a gun shop in Glendale, Ariz., turned up at the scene of a shootout that killed Brian Terry, an agent of U.S. Customs and Border Protection. In recent congressional testimony, ATF agent John Dodson estimated that 1,800 guns in Fast and Furious were unaccounted for and that about two-thirds are probably in 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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Its a conspiracy against the people to bear arms.

Wow, it almost makes you think that the Obama administration set up the whole botched Fast and Furious operation just so that they could take away more of our 2nd Amendment rights.

What a joke that is more sad than funny. Google Operation Castaway, the latest gun-running scheme our government is caught-up in where government agents in Florida are supplying arms to Hondurans. Ladies and gentlemen, there is hardly any way to deny that our government is out of controll in corruption and we are paying the bill with our taxes and our lives.

This is beyond hypocrisy!! This is an out-of-control, wanna-be-tyrant doing everything he can to set up a total abrogation of our 2nd Amendment rights. The lying scum Attorney General and egg-sucking Prez have been caught lying about their gun smuggling operation and now they want to penalize law-abiding citizens even though their murderous actions have been exposed!!!

You're exactly right Rollinson, it's an old tactic of the Justice Department to supply guns subversively to inner city youth with the intent to overturn existing gun laws in the backlash of gun violence. Both Chicago and Washington D.C. passed unconstitutional gun laws in such a manner. It's the road to facism when unaccountable government maligns the character of it's citizens by secret and illegal actions.

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