Border Gun Shop Owners Sue Over New Requirement

PHOENIX (AP) – Gun store owners in states on the U.S.-Mexico border are suing the acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. At issue is a new requirement that owners alert federal authorities if someone buys multiple high-powered rifles over five days.

The new requirement is only for gun stores in the four states that border Mexico: Texas, California, Arizona and New Mexico.

It goes into effect August 14 and stems from a law enforcement operation in Arizona that resulted in high-powered weapons flowing into Mexico.

The gun store owners argue that the requirement is unlawful, would hurt them economically and invades the privacy of their customers.

The lawsuits were filed in Texas, Washington, D.C. and New Mexico on Wednesday and Thursday. The National Rifle Association is funding them.

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One Comment

  1. KiethStone says:

    Yea, good luck.

  2. Texas Technoman says:

    I’m sorry; but I think tracking someone who buys multiple automatic weapons is reasonable…but think it should apply to every state. And I am a gun owner myself….NRA has gone too far on this one!

    1. afreetexan says:

      You cannot purchase AUTOMATIC weapons without a Class III Federal Firearms License. For a self-proclaimed “gun owner”, you don’t know what you’re talking about. Your “opinion”, as well as the director of the BATFE’s “opinion” is NOT the law of the land. Ever heard of the 14th Ammendment or the equal protection clause?

  3. RussP says:

    What is left out of this article is that the regulationn stems from a federal law enforcment operation that allowed weapons to be illegally transported into Mexico; weapons that then ended up being used in the murder of a US citizen.

    1. Gumby Rules says:


      An operation sponsored by the BTFE and Eric holder.

  4. NiteNurse says:

    It just goes to show you that gun store dealers really don’t care if these guns end up in the hands of the wrong people. As long as they can make a dollar they don’t care if their guns end up in the hands of murdering drug dealers. And you know what if you use illegal drugs more then likely they came from the drug lords in Mexico and you are part of the problem. If you wouldn’t use these drugs then they would go out of business and quit killing people.

    1. Gumby Rules says:

      Do you work at being an uninformed idiot or is it something that comes to you naturally?

      Remember it was the BTFE who told the gun store owners to let the sales go through for “Fast and Furious”.

      Remember several store owners complained to the BTFE about those guns going to suspected gangs and thugs and still the BTFE wanted to watch to see where they ended up.

      Want to blame someone, his name is Ed Holder, a BHO appointee.

      1. NiteNurse says:

        I’ve lived 50 plus years in a several bad neighborhoods never once needing a gun to feel safe. All you gun nuts are just a bunch of paranoids with small man parts.

    2. texanmama says:

      Maybe we should outlaw drugs then… Oh wait…

    3. afreetexan says:


      Just like the licensed dealer in Killeen LAST WEEK, who notified the police of a suspicious person attempting a suspicious transaction, thereby leading to the arrest of a PFC Naser Jason Abdo, who was plotting another attack on Fort Hood?

      You are mercifully free from the ravages of intelligence.

  5. texanmama says:

    If it were me, and I was a firearms dealer who was told by the ATF to look the other way when selling extremely dangerous firearms supplied by the ATF itself to extremely dangerous people… I would sue over this regulation in hopes to draw more public attention to Fast and Furious. Many people ought to go to prison over that “operation”… Fast and Furious was either dumb or evil. Maybe both.

  6. proudtexan says:

    So ATF sends lots of weapons into Mexico for some unknown reason, then uses that as an excuse to limit law abiding citizens from purchasing guns to make it right. Hmmm. Never let a good crisis go to waste indeed. The vast majority of arms in Mexico used by the drug cartels come from military supplies. You can’t readily buy those type of weapons here in the states anyway. Ridiculous.

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