“Dealers who sell multiple semi-automatic weapons to the same person in a short period of time must report the sales to federal authorities. The new rule will apply in Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas – states where illegal gun running from the U.S. to Mexico is rampant – and comes as gun trafficking along the border gets scrutiny from Congress.”
Well, okay. Honestly I would be kind of suspicious if a guy with a lot of jewelery wanted to buy half a dozen AR-15s from the South Texas Guns-R-Us. If I were the gun dealer, I’d probably report that to the ATF. Not that telling US government agents would do any good:
“The investigation into a federal operation that allowed Mexican drug cartels to acquire U.S. weapons escalated Thursday with new revelations that an Arizona gun dealer repeatedly expressed fears that his guns were falling into the “hands of the bad guys” but was encouraged by federal agents to continue the sales.” — U.S. urged dealer to continue gun sales despite concerns, inquiry finds, by Kim Murphy
It seems like it’s the federal authorities on whom we need more data.