ATF: Most Guns Used in Mexican Crimes Come From the US

Thursday, 27 Dec 2012 10:24 AM

By Bill Hoffmann

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
The majority of weapons seized at crime scenes in Mexico have been traced back to the United States, according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).
 
The El Paso Times, which obtained the figures, reports that from 2007 to 2011, 68,161 firearms out of 99,691 found at crime scenes over the border — about 68 percent — originated from U.S. gun manufacturers or dealers.

Those figures do not break out numbers involving the agency's disastrous gunrunning operation Fast and Furious, during which guns were allowed to be smuggled into Mexico in a bid to bust up major gun-trafficking rings.

Fast and Furious was abruptly terminated when Border Patrol agent Brian Terry was gunned down near the Mexican border and a rifle connected to the operation was found near his body.

Earlier this month, GOP Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley, who initiated the original Fast and Furious probe, called for a new investigation involving another incident, the Times reported.

He said an ex-ATF official may have bought a gun allegedly found at the scene of a November shootout between drug cartel thugs and Mexican soldiers. The area of the shootout coincides with a gun battle that killed several others.

"The gunfight claimed five lives, including a member of the Mexican military, and a Sinaloa beauty queen, Maria Susana Flores Gamez," Grassley wrote in a letter to Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz.

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Maddow Calls Out 'Democratic Wuss-itude' on ISIS airstrikes

Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 21:30 PM

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow called out Democrats in Congress who are unhappy with their colleague Sen. Tim Kaine for urging . . .

Lindsey Graham: Stop ISIS or Watch More Americans Join Group

Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 20:16 PM

Reports that 140 Americans are currently fighting for ISIS in Syria and Iraq are nothing compared to the number that wil . . .

Lawrence Kudlow: Burger King Move Puts Obama in a Fix

Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 18:36 PM

Burger King's flight to Canada to beat huge U.S. corporate taxes raises a thorny predicament fort President Barack Obama . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved