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Latino Daily News

Monday February 21, 2011

NRA Helps Block Gun Rule Meant to Stop Gun Trafficking to Mexico

Opposed to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms’ proposed rule change that would require firearms dealers along the southwest border to report multiple sales of long guns has been allegedly blocked with help from the National Rifle Association. The rule change was proposed in an attempt to stop the trafficking of guns to Mexico.

Though the amendment was authored by Oklahoma Democrat Dan Boren and Denny Rehberg (R-Montana), they received strong supports from the NRA, which. had publicly expressed their opposition to the rule change.

The Boren/Rehberg amendment was passed by the House, and blocked funding to the Department of Justice to prevent ATF from enacting the proposed rule.

U.S. Rep. Silvestre Reyes (D-El Paso), a Border Patrol agent from 1984 to 1995, said he was disappointed to see the amendment passed saying, “As a former law enforcement officer, I have always been a strong supporter of the Second Amendment, but it is unconscionable to tie the hands of our federal law enforcement agencies as they are making a reasonable attempt to prevent these weapons from continuing to reach the hands of drug cartels.”

“This amendment sends the wrong message to our law enforcement officers who are risking their lives alongside their counterparts in Mexico, particularly as one of our own agents was killed in the line of duty only days ago,” Reyes said. He was referring to the death of ICS Special Agent Jaime Zapata, who was killed in Mexico last week.

Before the vote on the Boren/Rehberg amendment, the very influential NRA sent out an alert to lawmakers. The alert stated that the House members’ voting would determine their standing with the NRA. It was a “you don’t cover our interests, we’ll take our endorsements elsewhere” type of situation, that no doubt swayed some votes.