Statement Regarding Information Requests for Multiple Sales of Semi-Automatic Rifles with Detachable Magazines

Statement

By:  Adam Schiff
Date: July 12, 2011
Location: Washington, DC

Yesterday, after the Department of Justice announced the approval of a new rule requiring gun dealers in states along the Southwest Border to report the sale of multiple semi-automatic rifles to a single buyer, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) released the following statement:

"I have been calling on the Department of Justice and the White House to approve such a rule for some time, and this is a very important development," Rep. Schiff said. "Existing law already requires dealers to report the sale of multiple handguns, and these reports provide invaluable leads to stop illegal gun trafficking. We know that semi-automatic rifles are the weapon of choice for violent Mexican drug cartels, and this rule will give law enforcement a badly needed tool to keep assault weapons out of the hands of criminals in the U.S. and in Mexico."