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Welcome back everyone putting illegal guns in the hands of Mexican drug cartel members.
It's the focus of a form today in DC looking at laws to prevent gun trafficking along the US Mexico border.
It follows a hearing held earlier this month on the same topic.
At the center of this issue the death of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry.
He was killed in Arizona this past December.
The guns found at his murder saying linked to a federal program intended to stop the flow of guns to Mexican cartels and their traffickers.
Our own William -- -- -- -- live in West Coast bureau with more on this story -- this -- -- one.
Well -- as you know the federal program was known as fast in periods in both parties are trying to use the controversy to their political advantage -- -- some Republicans.
That means exposing what they consider -- Justice Department.
Cover up an embarrassing the Obama administration for authorizing this operation that killed people -- some Democrats.
It offers an opportunity.
To advance an anti gun agenda in blaming weak gun laws here but the violence in Mexico -- today congressman Elijah Cummings.
He claimed that existing statutes do not deter gun trafficking because.
The penalties are too light.
And prosecutors will not take their cases.
Charged with keeping guns out of the hands of criminals.
Have told this committee.
Did they do not have the resources they need to town or firearms trafficking.
Agents told us that the sentences with straw purchasers.
Are too weak to deter criminals.
Now gun control advocates also want a new law requiring gun stores to report anyone who buys more that one rifle.
As currently required for anyone who buys more than one handgun.
-- because they claim that these multiple sales are responsible for up to 90% of the guns and Mexico.
Gun rights groups say that is absolutely false that fewer than 28%.
Of the Mexican guns are traced to US gun stores.
They say most actually come from military stocks in Mexico and Central America.
They want to pin the blame once again.
On American gun owners gun laws in gun rights in this country and the gun dealers it and it's just not gonna float.
-- -- point to a report from the US State Department titled the blame game which says that this idea of an iron river of guns from -- gun stores to Mexico is in their words a myth.
On the other hand some people Gretchen we'll say -- It's not a reasonable have a reporting requirements -- but wants ten or twenty AK forty sevens in short the debate it's not over.
All right ever going William -- -- nest and LA thanks.
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