The same weak gun laws that are enabling the supply of Mexican criminals are supplying criminals in the U.S. as well. Existing laws are so weak that even one of the most notorious dealer supplying the cartels, the owner of X-Caliber gun shop in Phoenix that allegedly supplied 700 guns to Mexican drug gangs, had all criminal charges brought against him dismissed recently.
From the report (PDF) emphasis added.
Mexico’s tough gun laws prevent criminals from obtaining guns, so they take advantage of our weak gun laws that provide them ready access to arsenals of weapons. Under federal law, and the law in Texas, Arizona, and most states, unlicensed sellers are allowed to sell guns without a background check, no questions asked. U.S. law does not limit the number of guns that can be sold at a time, so traffickers can buy in bulk. And since the federal assault weapons ban was allowed to expire, military-style weapons and high capacity ammunition magazines are readily available. A trafficker supplying Mexican drug lords can buy all the guns he wants from an “unlicensed seller” in Texas or Arizona, no questions asked. Even licensed dealers are allowed to sell crates full of military-style assault weapons or .50 caliber sniper rifles that can pierce armor plating and take down airplanes from a mile away.
There is no conceivable reason that unlicensed gun sellers should be allowed to sell guns with no background check. None. In California, if you sell more than 5 cars a year you must register as a car dealer and follow the various laws and regulations. And if you buy a car from a dealer you need to show serious ID. The same thing should certainly apply to gun sales nationwide.
- Require background checks for all gun sales.
- End bulk handgun sales.
- Stop corrupt gun dealers by removing restrictions on ATF enforcement.
- Restrict military-style semiautomatic weapons.