Demand Issued to U.S. Senate
By Harold Hutchison
Mexican lawmakers have sent a demand for a list of gun owners in four border states to the United States Senate – as part of a push for tougher gun laws in their northern neighbor. Mexico has been rocked by an ongoing drug war that has left thousands dead.
The demand involves a registry for the states of California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. While California has some registration provisions in state law, the other three states do not. This comes on the heels of a push by the Caribbean Community for the inclusion of small arms in a proposed Arms Trade Treaty at the United States.
Gun owners in Arizona interviewed by KPHO expressed sharp disapproval of the demand, with some making references to Operation Fast & Furious, an ATF operation that allowed nearly 2,000 firearms to fall into the hands of Mexican drug cartels.