The Law Center commends the Obama Administration for recently adopting a rule to require firearms dealers in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas to report any individual who purchases multiple semiautomatic rifles within a five-day period.

We have submitted comments in support of the rule, which will help identify gun traffickers who buy multiple rifles, including assault weapons, for use by Mexican drug cartels.

While this is an important step, President Obama should urge Congress to fix more fundamental gaps in federal gun laws—which allow individuals to buy assault weapons and other firearms from unlicensed sellers without undergoing background checks—in order to combat gun violence in the U.S. and Mexico.