Bill to Stem Mexican Gun Trafficking Introduced

McCarthy-sponsored bill attempt to keep guns out of Mexican cartels’ hands.

Friday U.S. Representatives Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), Elijah Cummings (D-MD), Ranking Member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and I introduced the “Stop Gun Trafficking and Strengthen Law Enforcement Act.” The legislation establishes a dedicated firearms trafficking statute to empower law enforcement to keep high-powered firearms out of the hands of dangerous criminals, including Mexican drug cartels. 

This legislation prohibits the transfer of a gun when an individual knows the gun will be transferred to a person who is prohibited by law from carrying a gun or to a person who intends to use the gun illegally.

This legislation will provide Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms with the tools to keep illegal firearms from making their way into the hands of convicted felons who move guns across the southern border, utilizing a network of  straw purchasers in the United States. 

“These straw purchases act as an intermediary party for organized crime networks and the cartels by purchasing guns on their behalf,” according to Chris Schoppmeyer, the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA) Vice President for Agency Affairs.

Straw purchasers represent a significant problem in the United States. It is long past time that we take concrete steps to fight back against these individuals who funnel weapons into the hands of criminal and terrorist organizations. I’m proud to join Representative Maloney in taking this step to make our country safer.

As a part of the Oversight Committee’s investigation of ATF’s Operation Fast and Furious, law enforcement agents on the ground have warned Congress that the lack of a dedicated firearms trafficking statute means that criminals who supply Mexican drug cartels with weapons of war are typically charged with mere paperwork violations – dealing in firearms without a license – and often only receive a sentence of probation. 

This legislation is narrowly tailored to fill that void and help law enforcement stop illegal firearms trafficking.

 is the representative of New York’s Fourth Congressional District. She was first elected in 1996.

Jim July 17, 2011 at 02:59 PM
How funny. Considering "...the transfer of a gun when an individual knows the gun will be transferred to a person who is prohibited by law from carrying a gun or to a person who intends to use the gun illegally." is already illegal but the ATF encouraged it for the Fast and Furious program approved by the AG. Straw purchases are not legal, yet it's not enforced. It's also not detectable if someone really wants to get away with it. The only thing this "bill" does, because it doesn't ad anything to current law to stop the activity it claims to be written to do, is to mask unnecessary gun control of responsible, non-criminal American's. The smoke screen. The day current laws are enforced, is the day you'll see some of the illegal activity stopped, and you'll find what is and is not effective. What would be found, is that what is already law, will put a significant clamp down on illegal activity, but the fact is, there's too much political leverage for politicians to actually have laws enforced, which will take an investment of money and effective direction by law enforcement agencies. Sadly, those agencies, primarily the BATF, would be better off disbanded as they've become money pits for political posturing and are NOT effective in doing what they were intended to do. You do not need to control guns, you need to control criminals and politicians. They are the ones supporting and committing the crimes.
Deputy Duffy July 23, 2011 at 01:27 PM
No New Laws! Enforce the old ones and eliminate the BATFE! Useless agency. Send the TSA packing too! Duh. No brainer, dumb old Congressperson!


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