ATF works with Mexican counterparts in identifying smuggled firearms

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 7:59am

A collection of weapons and ammunition sits stashed away in a federal gun locker in Northern Tamaulipas.

From high powered rifles to pistols and rocket launchers, the backgrounds of thousands guns in unknown, but as U.S. authorities, like the Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Agency otherwise known as ATF, works with their Mexican federal counterparts in an effort to trace the orgins of guns that end up in lockers like this across the Mexican state.

ATF Senior Special Agent, Nicole Strong, "When guns are recovered in Mexico, for whatever the reason, ATF becomes aware of them,  we'll reach out to our counterparts in Mexico, the federal law enforcement there, and we will ask them to provide us information to trace the guns. We trace all firearms that are recovered, when we get that information from Mexico, we don't always get it, but when we do get it, about 80 to 90 percent of the guns recovered were purchased stateside, over here in the U.S."

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