President Barack Obama’s Administration implemented a measure on Monday that would require some States to report multiple sales of semiautomatic rifles to Federal authorities.
According to The Washington Post, gun dealers in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California will have to alert the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) if an individual buys more than one semiautomatic rifle within five days. The rule applies to weapons with detachable magazines with a higher than .22 caliber.
The measure was implemented to stop gunrunning into Mexico, according to the newspaper.
Deputy Attorney General James Cole said that the measure will help authorities “detect and disrupt the illegal weapons trafficking networks responsible for diverting firearms from lawful commerce to criminals and criminal organizations.”
The measure comes as Congress investigates an ATF operation, named Fast and Furious, that reportedly allowed guns to be brought into Mexico.
The National Rifle Association has been adamantly opposed to the measure.
“This is a blatant effort by the Obama Administration and ATF to divert focus of Congress and the general public from their gross incompetence in the Fast and Furious scandal,” Chris W. Cox, the NRA’s executive director, said in a statement. “This scheme will unjustly burden law-abiding retailers in border States.”