To stem the flow of guns to Mexico, federal firearms regulators are proposing an emergency requirement that some gun dealers along the southwestern border report bulk sales of so-called assault weapons beginning as soon as January, the Washington Post reports. The National Rifle Association is blasting the plan as an attempt at to create a national gun registry.
Dealers would be required to alert authorities when they sell within five consecutive business days two or more semiautomatic rifles greater than .22 caliber with detachable magazines. Semiautomatic rifles such as AK-47s and AR-15s are favored by drug-trafficking organizations fighting the Mexican government. Such a requirement is so controversial to many gun owners that administration officials proceeded cautiously for fear of provoking the National Rifle Association. The proposal could mark the gun lobby’s first major showdown with the administration.