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US Sabotages Gun Strategy in Mexico
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January 06, 2011

The Los Angeles Times on Wednesday stated that a greater control of weapon sales in the United States would help Mexico in the combat against drug cartels.

In an editorial, the newspaper said that President Obama should give the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) authority to require gun dealers near Mexico to report multiple purchases of high-powered rifles.

“Mexico has some of the strictest gun laws in the hemisphere. Citizens are permitted to buy low-caliber firearms for self-protection or hunting, but only after a background check and approval by the National Defense Secretariat,” the newspaper wrote.

“The goal of this parsimonious approach to allotting firearms is a society free from gun violence,” the document stated.

“Unfortunately for Mexico, however, its weapons management strategy is sabotaged by an accident of location, being next door to the gun capital of the world,” the Los Angeles Times noted.

“The United States is awash in guns. Americans own an estimated 283 million guns, and 4.5 million new ones, including 2 million handguns, are sold each year, according to ATF,” the newspaper added.

As part of its effort to stop the flow of weapons, the ATF has asked the White House to impose more requirements to gun dealers located near the border in four states – California, New Mexico, Arizona and Texas.

The ATF wants the approximately 8,055 weapon retailers to report any sales of two or more long rifles of .22 caliber or higher to the same customer within a five-day period.

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