The Boren Amendment is an appropriations “policy rider” that would prevent law enforcement from enforcing a program the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF) proposed to detect and fight illegal gun trafficking from the U.S. to Mexico.
Update: In April 2011, the coalition successfully worked to keep the Boren Amendment out of the federal budget. The Amendment would have cut off funding for enforcing the proposed ATF long gun reporting rule.
Read the press release
In December 2010, ATF issued a notice in the Federal Register detailing the agency’s plans to require licensed gun dealers operating in four border states to report multiple sales of long guns. These guns – including semi-automatic assault weapons – are frequently routed directly to Mexican drug cartels that have murdered more than 34,000 Mexican citizens. This information about bulk sales is vitally important to law enforcement efforts to catch illegal traffickers.Mayors Against Illegal Guns recommended this strategy in its 2009 Blueprint for Federal Action on Illegal Guns.
Read the Statement from the Coalition Co-Chairs (in PDF)
Read the Federal Register Notice Announcing New Long Gun Reporting Requirement (in PDF)
Read the Facts about Long Gun Reporting (in PDF)