A group of 18 Democrats have signed a letter asking the governors of states along the international border with Mexico to help stop illegal guns moving south.
Spearheaded by U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva, D-Ariz., the letter presses the governors of Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas to do what they can to help prevent firearms making their way to bad actors south of the border.
“The devastating impacts of guns falling into the wrong hands transcend our borders and the increased availability of U.S. guns has fueled transnational criminal organizations operating in countries with track records of extreme violence, such as Mexico,” says the letter.
The letter references data from California-based gun control groups, Mexico’s crime rates, and a 2016 GAO report that found two-thirds of the guns given by Mexican authorities to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to trace in recent years originated in the U.S. before suggesting that border states should “institute greater controls” to reduce southbound guns and ammo.
“It is no coincidence that three of these Border States, Arizona, Texas, and New Mexico have gun show loopholes that do not require background checks,” said Grijalva in a statement from his office.
Action from the states challenged over their gun show laws, all helmed by Republican governors with track records of signing pro-Second Amendment legislation, is not likely. California already requires checks for firearms sold at gun shows.