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December 21, 2010

Feds Want Reporting for High-Powered Rifle Sales

Feds want reporting for high-powered rifle sales


The federal agency that monitors gun sales wants weapons dealers near the Mexican border to start reporting multiple sales of high-powered rifles, according to a notice published in the Federal Register.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has asked the White House budget office to approve an emergency request requiring border-area gun dealers to report the sales of two or more rifles to the same customer within a five-day period.

The emergency request, published Friday in the Federal Register, is likely to face stiff opposition from gun rights advocates, including the National Rifle Association. ATF wants the Office of Budget Management to approve the request by Jan. 5.

NRA officials did not immediately return a telephone message for comment Monday. Last week the group's chief lobbyist, Chris Cox, told the Washington Post that the "NRA supports legitimate efforts to stop criminal activity, but we will not stand idle while our Second Amendment is sacrificed for politics." The Post first reported the proposal.

High-powered rifles have become the weapon of choice for Mexico's warring drug cartel. More than 30,000 people have been killed in Mexico's drug war since President Felipe Calderon launched an offensive against the powerful drug gangs shortly after taking office in late 2006.

Officials on both sides of the border have said weapons bought legally in the United States are routinely smuggled into the Mexico. The proposed reporting requirement would apply to sales of two or more semi-automatic guns more powerful than .22-caliber rifles that use a detachable magazine within a five-day period.

ATF, which tracks weapons found in Mexico and has tied tens of thousands of recovered guns to U.S. dealers, has been criticized for not doing enough to curb the flow of guns to Mexico, where firearms sales are highly restricted.

Last month a Justice Department report on the agency's Operation Gunrunner criticized the program as being narrowly focused on individual gun buyers and not larger smuggling organizations believed responsible for significant numbers of guns being shipped across the border.

Currently there are no reporting requirements for rifles.

If approved by the White House, the new reporting requirement would affect nearly 8,500 border-area gun dealers in Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas and be in place for 180 days.


Wild Thing's comment........

In the minds of this administration, the law abider is the criminal.

Looks like another way the Mexican Government is trying to move the problem and burden to the United States Taxpayer.

''The proposed reporting requirement would apply to sales of two or more semi-automatic guns more powerful than .22-caliber rifles that use a detachable magazine within a five-day period.''

Outrageous. The 0bama regime is using this as an excuse to infringe upon the right of US citizens. This administration is well on it's way to undermining and eventually nullifying the 2nd amendment. November 2012 cannot come too soon.

If I remember my history right it took 25 years - from 1750 to 1775 - for the Founders to organize, find leadership and make a plan to take on the British Crown.

It’s a very interesting story how they did it. One key was to take over local governments. This acted as a political base to start brushfires all over the colonies that the Tories couldn’t control.

We’re still no where near taking back local governments from the leftists, but 650 new patriots in state legislatures was a big surprise. I think we can build on that and cause major problems for the fascists in Washington.

One thing we can all do is elect county sheriffs who believe in the constitution and the 2nd amendment. Any federal operation that tries to enter the county can be legally neutralized.

A couple of sheriffs did that during Katrina, refusing to allow the feds into their counties.


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Posted by Wild Thing at December 21, 2010 05:55 AM


This commie pig is reaching the end of his agenda. Gun control will be next.

Posted by: Mark at December 21, 2010 07:04 AM

The drug cartels are coming to the US to purchase firearms at ridiculously high prices?

The cartels have virtually unlimited money and resources. Why would they come to America to purchase a semi-automatic AK-47's for $450 when they can get fully automatic AK's directly from China for about $100 each? This is nothing but a ruse by the Obama Regime and anti-gun crowd to restrict the rights of Americans.

Posted by: BobF at December 21, 2010 08:59 AM

Denny Crain makes one big mistake. He doesn't shoot to kill.

Posted by: BobF at December 21, 2010 09:01 AM

I don't know the gun laws in other states but here in CA. to purchase any firearm after showing proof of residency a form called a DROS (Dealer Record Of Sale) is filled out. And while you wait the 2 weeks before you can pick up your firearm, state and federal agencies check to see if you are eligible to own a firearm. The serial number, type, action, make. model, caliber, color, and barrel length are all on that DROS form so there is NO reason for another federal agency to require the dealer or us to fill out more paper work. And I suspect that the weapon seized and traced back to U.S. dealers were once sold to legitimate people and stolen from them, not sold directly to some gang banger or drug cartel member as suggested in the story. It all looks like another ATF power grab, or just another manufactured crisis to forward the administrations’ leftist agenda.

Posted by: MrHappy at December 21, 2010 09:18 AM

Excellent post.
Um, well,

just what was the topic ?

Yes, you can count on me with my full support.

I'm there anywhere she goes !

Posted by: Carlos at December 21, 2010 09:18 AM

The drug cartels are getting their weapons from international arms dealers, their own military and from Nicaragua through Guatamala. If obama and the ATF want to blame America then they should close off our border.

Posted by: TomR,armed in Texas at December 21, 2010 09:48 AM

Mark, if the brown shirts try to seize the peoples firearms, there will be non-stop funerals for the nazi facists who even dare try.

Posted by: Eddie (Enemy of the State) at December 21, 2010 11:04 AM

"ATF, which tracks weapons found in Mexico and has tied tens of thousands of recovered guns to U.S. dealers" Really? I didn't know ATF operated on Mexican soil. Tens of thousands. That's a lot.
Perhaps if they secured the border, the drug cartels wouldn't be there. Then they wouldn't have to lie to us so much.

Posted by: Jim at December 21, 2010 04:16 PM

And didn't the Alamo fly a flag: "COME AND TAKE IT"?!!!

Posted by: darthcrUSAderworldtour07 at December 21, 2010 06:03 PM

Great input thank you everyone so much.

Darth, heh heh good one.

Posted by: Wild Thing at December 22, 2010 02:46 AM