Justice in Mexico

New Report Indicates that U.S. is the Principal Provider in Firearm Trafficking to Mexico

Arms and drugs seized in Coahuila. (Photo Credit: Carlos Ramos Mamahua/La Jornada)

06/14/11 – In the report entitled, “Halting U.S. Firearms Trafficking to Mexico,” written by senators Dianne Feinstein, Charles Schumer, and Sheldon Whitehouse to the U.S. Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control, it states that the United States provides the majority of weapons to drugtraffickers in Mexico. The Wilson Center stated that “the flow of firearms and ammunition to organized crime groups doesn’t cause violence, but it affects a group’s decision to attack a rival, increase the lethality of such an attack, it could result in the death of an innocent by-stander, or pose a serious challenge on the government’s ability to curb such extreme violence.” The report also indicates that 70% of the arms seized in Mexico are of U.S. origin.

The report goes on to make suggestions on how to deal with, curb, and stegthen U.S. laws and regulations towards firearm trafficking. Senator Feinstein states in the report that the U.S. Congress has basically stood by while powerful drug-trafficking organizations have access to military firearms from the U.S. without restriction. U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) states that of the “22,313 arms that were seized in Mexico about 10,945 were made in the United States, 3,268 were imported to the U.S., and the rest were unable to be identified for lack of information presented.” The report concludes that the U.S. must strengthen current firearm laws and regulations through five specific steps: “Enactment of legislation to close the gun show loophole; better enforcement of banned imported military-style arms; reinstatement of the Assault Weapons Ban; reporting of all Federal Firearms Licenses sales; and Senate ratification of the CIFTA (Inter-American Convention Against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking of Firearms, Ammunition,Explosives and Other Related Materials).”

To read the full report, click here.


Brooks, David. “EU, principal proveedor de armas a narcos mexicanos.” La Jornada. June 13, 2011.


“Halting U.S. Firearms Trafficking to Mexico.” Feinstein.senate.gov. June 2011.

1 thought on “New Report Indicates that U.S. is the Principal Provider in Firearm Trafficking to Mexico”

  1. Was it not the BATF trhat got caught allowing the sale of large amounts military style firearms to drug cartels on the mexican US border in large numbers,and allowed them to be taken back in to mexico,where they have been used to Kill our Border Patrol agents in ambushes ect and innocent citizens of mexico,i think any Democrat thats name appears on the above document she be removed from office in the next election as clearly they have no idea what is going on under there nose,also the atty General Eric Holder is claiming he knew nothing of operation fast and furious,but his next 4 top agents knew all about it,someone is clearly lieing ,Before any firearm control is enacted on the United states citizens we need to get to the bottom of this fiasco,as it seems to me the United States government allowed thousands of military weapons to be bought and imported in to mexico to cartel leaders with there blessing,I think they are just trying to creat a dangerous atmosphere to use as an excuse to pass Gun Control legislation on the citizens of the United States,Obama is aparently clueless to this right under his nose or like his longtime friend eric holder he is playing dumb ,clearly both need to be investigated,and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law just as any private citizen would have,No one is above the law,

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