There Are No Coincidences
No Lawyers – Only Guns and Money ^ | 28 April, 2012 | John Richardson
Posted on Saturday, April 28, 2012 12:21:09 PM by marktwain
Yesterday, the BATFE held a briefing for the media on the results regarding traces of firearms recovered in Mexico. Reporters that attended this briefing were not allowed any cameras, recording devices, or video equipment. They were only allowed pen and paper to take notes. Katie Pavlich of Townhall.com tweeted after the event that the moment they got into the briefing they were given a flash drive with the statistics.
The data released show that 68% of the guns submitted for tracing originated in the United States. Note that is only the guns submitted by the Mexican government. Moreover, as Larry Keane of NSSF pointed out in a tweet early this morning, no mention is made of the “Time to Crime” stat. Thus, you don’t know if the “recovered” firearms traced are ones from Operation Fast and Furious or from a burglary in El Paso in 1997.
The BATFE released this yesterday regarding the briefing on the traces.
ATF Releases Government of Mexico Firearms Trace Data
WASHINGTON – Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) today announced the release of trace information for firearms recovered in Mexico and submitted to ATF for tracing. Trace information shows that between calendar years 2007 and 2011 the Government of Mexico recovered and submitted more than 99,000 firearms to ATF for tracing. Of those firearms more than 68,000 were U.S.-sourced. More complete information will be available on the ATF website.
U.S.-sourced firearms are guns determined by ATF to be manufactured in the United States or legally imported into the United States by a federal firearms licensee. Since 2007, trace data shows a trend in recovered and submitted crime guns from Mexico shifting from pistols and revolvers to rifles. Law enforcement in Mexico now report that certain types of rifles, such as the AK and AR variants with detachable magazines, are used more frequently to commit violent crime by drug trafficking organizations.
ATF is working with its law enforcement partners at every level and the Government of Mexico to keep firearms out of the hands of gang members and criminal enterprises. The Mexico trace data is the result of information provided by the Government of Mexico to ATF about crime guns recovered in Mexico and submitted for tracing.
Firearms tracing provides information on the movement of a firearm from its first sale by a manufacturer or importer through the distribution chain in an attempt to identify the first retail purchaser. This information provides investigative leads for criminal investigations.
The Mexico trace data is not the result of any criminal investigation, or investigations, initiated by law enforcement in the United States.
ATF’s National Tracing Center (NTC) is the nation’s only
- ATF Releases Government Of Mexico Firearms Trace Data (sacbee.com)
- ATF: 68,000 Guns Recovered in Mexico Trace to US (theepochtimes.com)
- ATF: Mexican Authorities Seize 68,000 Guns From US In Past 5 Years (washington.cbslocal.com)
- ATF: Mexico seized 68,000 guns made in or imported to United States since 2006 (cbsnews.com)
- US: Mexico seized 68,000 guns from US since 2006 (kens5.com)
- 68K guns seized in Mexico traced to U.S. (mega949.com)
- US: Mexico seized 68,000 guns from US since 2006 (newsday.com)
- US: Mexico seized 68,000 guns from US since 2006 (hosted.ap.org)
- 68K guns seized in Mexico traced to U.S. (640whlo.com)
- 68K guns seized in Mexico traced to U.S. (radio.woai.com)