The National Rifle Association and big-city mayors have found something they may both support: the Obama administration's call for full law-enforcement access to data from traces of guns used in crimes, reports Politico.com. The rare, and somewhat vague, consensus between the NRA and the mayors appears likely to increase the chances that Congress will pass the reform.
The administration is proposing a partial rollback of a 2003 amendment named for Rep. Todd Tiahrt (R-Kan.). Under the changes, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives would be able to share gun-tracing information with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, and prosecutors would be privy to the information. Supporters say the change would help law enforcement target the source of guns used in crimes and would help prevent illegal drug trafficking.