POSTED: Thursday, July 5, 2012 - 6:05pm
UPDATED: Saturday, July 7, 2012 - 6:20pm
There’s been a lot of news lately about guns for the US going to the Mexico drug wars.
As we all know, some of those efforts have been fiascos.
But a new rule on reporting guns sales has just been upheld in court.
Last year at this time, the federal government established new rules for gun dealers in four border states, including Texas.
The rule is if any buyer purchases more than two rifles within a one week period, that is to be reported to the ATF.
And not just any rifles. They must be above .22 caliber, and capable of using a separate box magazine.
The National rifle Association supported a suit to stop the rule, and this week a decision came down.
Judge Harry Hudspeth of the Western district of Texas, threw out the suit saying the rule was valid and helped law enforcement.
The goal is to stop so-called straw purchases…buyers who buy lots of guns to resell to bad guys.
The rule is primarily designed to track the sales of the guns of choice for the cartels in Mexico, primarily the AK47 and AR-15, along with other modern civilian versions of military rifles.
Whether it will do anything substantive in that regard, is an open question.