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August 1, 2013

U.S. gun laws blamed for worsening Latin American violence

McALESTER — Lax U.S. gun regulations are enabling the interånational trafficking of high-powered weapons and fueling the spread of gun violence in Latin America and the Caribbean, the Council on Foreign Relations argues in a report urging President Barack Obama to take action on initiatives that have foundered in Congress.

More than 70 percent of the 99,000 weapons recovered by Mexican law enforcement since 2007 were traced to U.S. manufacturers and importers, the council report said, citing data from the ATF’s eTrace program. The figure for guns of U.S. origin recovered in the Caribbean is over 90 percent, the study noted.

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