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GAO report faults US gun control for Mexico violence

June 18, 2009

Media are reporting that the Government Accountability Office will release today a report connecting weak and uncoordinated US gun policy to Mexico’s surge in violence. It’s not available on the GAO website yet, but the Washington Post has a link to the pdf. As the Wall Street Journal reports,

GAO investigators cited multiple problems in trying to collect enough data to complete a comprehensive study of arms trafficking from the U.S. The investigators faulted the lack of a coherent anti-arms-trafficking strategy, as well as turf battles among agencies charged with enforcing laws and government policy on the issue.

The study also cited bureaucratic problems in Mexico that reduced the number of weapons submitted to the U.S. for tracing. In addition, congressional restrictions limit the amount of data the bureau can collect and publicly release about gun sales…

The study says that despite claims from critics that Mexican cartels may also be getting weapons from Asia and elsewhere, law-enforcement officials believe that scenario is unlikely.

CNN adds that the report was scheduled to be released at a hearing of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere regarding arms trafficking.

While on the subject, this Daily Show clip comparing the investment opportunities in the AK-47 versus the AR-15 is truly wonderful.

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