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Most guns used in Mexican crimes come from US
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The majority of weapons seized at crime scenes in Mexico have been traced back to the United States, according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

 

The El Paso Times, which obtained the figures, reports that from 2007 to 2011, 68,161 firearms out of 99,691 found at crime scenes over the border - about 68 percent - originated from U.S. gun manufacturers or dealers.

 

Those figures do not break out numbers involving the agency's disastrous gunrunning operation Fast and Furious, during which guns were allowed to be smuggled into Mexico in a bid to bust up major gun-trafficking rings.

 

Fast and Furious was abruptly terminated when Border Patrol agent Brian Terry was gunned down near the Mexican border and a rifle connected to the operation was found near his body.

 

Earlier this month, GOP Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley, who initiated the original Fast and Furious probe, called for a new investigation involving another incident, the Times reported.

 

He said an ex-ATF official may have bought a gun allegedly found at the scene of a November shootout between drug cartel thugs and Mexican soldiers. The area of the shootout coincides with a gun battle that killed several others. News Max

 

FACTS & FIGURES

 

More than 90 percent of the guns recovered in Mexico come from the United States, many from gun shops that line the border. Fox News

 

In October 2011, Mexican officials and politicians reacted with anger at the revelation that U.S. agents in charge of an earlier secret gun-tracking program known as Operation Wide Receiver allowed guns to be smuggled into Mexico just as they had under Operation Fast and Furious.

 

According to Humberto Ben?tez Trevio, former Mexican Attorney General and chair of the justice committee in the Chamber of Deputies, firearms trafficked by smugglers under the watch of the ATF have been found at crime scenes in Mexico, including scenes involving the death or wounding of at least 150 Mexican civilians. The Christian Science Monitor

 

At a North American summit in Washington on April 2, Mexican President Felipe Calderon said the U.S. government has not done enough to stop the flow of assault weapons and other guns to Mexico. Washington Post

 

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