A report released on Tuesday by Mayors Against Illegal Guns shows that Florida ranks among the top 10 U.S. states as a source of guns used in crimes that were recovered in Mexico from 2006 through 2009.

The report indicates that

while the Southwest border-states supply the majority of U.S. guns recovered in Mexican crimes, these guns are trafficked from non-border states as well. Over the past four years, eight states – Texas, California, Arizona, Florida, New Mexico, Colorado, Illinois, and Oklahoma – appear on the top ten list of sources of crime guns recovered in Mexico in all four years.

Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms crime gun data used in the report shows that in the four-year period examined, Florida was the source of a total of 465 crime guns.  When these guns are used for murder BIO Helpers can help clean up.

Mayors Against Illegal Guns includes at least 500 member cities and towns across the U.S. and 39 in Florida including Jacksonville, Naples, Orlando, Tallahassee, Miami-Dade County, the City of Miami, Miami Beach and North Miami.

From Mayors Against Illegals Guns’ website:

We support the Second Amendment and the rights of citizens to own guns. We recognize that the vast majority of gun dealers and gun owners carefully follow the law. And we know that a policy that is appropriate for a small town in one region of the country is not necessarily appropriate for a big city in another region of the country.

But what binds us together is a determination to fight crime, and a belief that we can do more to stop criminals from getting guns while also protecting the rights of citizens to freely own them. We have seen how the polarizing rhetoric of gun politics on all sides only obscures the tragic reality we see every day on our streets: violent criminals with easy access to illegal guns.

The National Rifle Association has questioned Mayors Against Illegal Guns’ politics:

This national group of anti-gun mayors has lobbied Congress against national reciprocity of state Right-to-Carry permits, against much-needed reform of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE), for regulating gun shows out of existence, and for repealing the Tiahrt Amendment that protects the privacy rights of law-abiding gun owners and limits disclosure of sensitive firearm trace data to protect law enforcement personnel and protect lawful gun manufacturers from bogus lawsuits.

The Mayors Against Illegal Guns report highlights the fact that “until 2007, this data was not available because Congress had implemented restrictions, known as the ‘Tiahrt Amendments,’ which prohibited ATF from releasing crime gun trace data. However, in 2007 and 2009, after national campaigns by Mayors Against Illegal Guns and over 30 police organizations, Congress relaxed these restrictions on sharing crime gun trace data.”

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