The National Rifle Association has filed suit challenging a new federal regulation requiring gun merchants along the border with Mexico to report bulk sales of certain semiautomatic rifles, contending that the Obama administration exceeded its powers by imposing the rule without congressional permission, the New York Times reports. NRA executive Wayne LaPierre called the rule “a blatant attempt by ther Obama administration to pursue their gun control agenda through back-door rule-making.”
Attorney General Eric Holder said, “The measures we are proposing are appropriate ones to stop the flow of guns from the United States into Mexico.” The rule requires licensed firearms dealers in Arizona, California, New Mexico, and Texas to report within five days whenever someone buys more than one weapon like a variant of the AK-47 assault weapon. The rule covers any semiautomatic rifle capable of accepting a detachable magazine and ammunition larger than .22 caliber. The rule aims at making it harder for Mexican drug cartels to obtain military-style weapons and smuggle them to Mexico, where they are illegal to sell to consumers.