Feds Want Reporting for High-Powered Rifle Sales


Associated Press
By ALICIA A. CALDWELL

Moving to crack down on gun smugglers, the federal agency that monitors weapons sales is asking the White House for emergency authority to require that dealers near the Mexican border report multiple purchases of high powered rifles.

According to a notice published Friday in the Federal Register, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has asked the White House to approve a requirement that border-area gun dealers report the sales of two or more rifles to the same customer within a five-day period.

The move by ATF, intended to help Mexican authorities in their campaign against violent drug gangs, is likely to face stiff opposition from gun rights advocates.

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