Over the last 5 years, nearly 60,000 people have lost their lives in Mexico’s drug-related wave of violence. More than 70% of the weapons seized in Mexico in the last three years and submitted for tracing came from the U.S. (Source: ATF) Watch Cuéntame/WOLA's video: U.S. Guns, The Awful, Shocking Truth:
This petition is sponsored by a coalition of organizations, including: WOLA (Washington Office on Latin America), Propuesta Cívica, Cuéntame, Latin America Working Group, Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, Global Exchange, Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity, Violence Policy Center, Alianza Civica and Peace Action West.
Enforce the existing ban on the importation of military-style assault weapons (because many of them are later illegally smuggled into Mexico);
Require gun dealers to report to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) the sale of multiple assault rifles to the same person over a period of five days;
Strengthen legal enforcement in regions of the U.S. that supply the bulk of the contraband weapons smuggled into Mexico.