Only 24% of Mexican crime guns trace to American FFLs
Sen. Grassley says he has the figures. The wording of his release isn't entirely clear, but it seems to be referring to 24% of guns that the Mexican government asks to be traced (which are minority of its crime guns, and certainly disproportionately those of American make). And of course a gun sold by an FFL to a honest person, and years later stolen and smuggled out, would count as a gun traced to that dealer even though his transaction was 100% proper.
So the actual percent of Mexican crime guns traced to American FFLs is likely far less than 24%, and a good portion of that may be stolen. The actual percentages are a far cry from the Administration's claims of 80-90%. But for some reason I doubt you'll read this in WaPo or the NY Times anytime soon...
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As a prosperous drug lord why would you waist time and resources pulling guns across the boarder. I would bet serious money that the gun walker buys where us approaching them asking for a buy. Yep I bet they where buys of opportunity.
There are several third world countries mutch easer to buy from than in side the US. And if you need American made you just steel or buy it from the Mexican Army. (Which I believe comes back to the US dealer.)
Posted by: Josh A. Kruschke at July 3, 2011 09:47 PM