Sunday, April 29, 2012

New long-gun reg sparks criminal investigations

A new regulation requiring gun dealers to report people buying multiple rifles has triggered criminal investigations by federal ATF agents, according to the Houston Chronicle:
Federal agents in South Texas have opened 123 criminal investigations as a result of a new requirement that border-state gun stores report customers who buy two or more large caliber rifles in the same week, especially those preferred by Mexican drug cartels.
The new requirement went into effect last August. 

Will be interesting to see if the ATF makes cases that stick. Or if the current bunch of investigations is merely to give the appearance that the new reporting requirement is yielding results. While the Chronicle reports cases have been opened, it doesn't cite any prosecutions. At least not yet.

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