RELEASE: Arms Trafficking Resolution Passed by State Senate - Effort Targeted at Limiting the “Iron River” of Weapons Flowing Freely into Mexico

Monday, August 13, 2012

SACRAMENTO, CA – As shots ring out across the U.S. in a series of horrific and deadly gun violence incidents from Colorado to Wisconsin to Texas, Senator Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) today applauded the State Senate for passing his Senate Joint Resolution 10 (SJR10), which calls for comprehensive measures aimed at stopping the obscene flow of weapons from the U.S. into Mexico that fuels that country’s epidemic drug-related violence.

             “Even in the face of the terribly sad but high-profile gun violence incidents that have tragically affected so many lives in this country, the gun lobby has only increased its pressure on politicians to look the other way when it comes to responsible regulation,” said Senator De León. “My colleagues demonstrated bravery and wisdom in sending a message that gun violence should not be tolerated anywhere.”

             SJR 10 urges the President and the Congress of the United States to pursue a comprehensive approach to stem the trafficking of illicit United States firearms to Mexico. “Lawlessness is rampant on our southern border and most people are not aware that the illegal trafficking of U.S. firearms is fueling the violence,” said Senator De León. The resolution was introduced following a community meeting in Los Angeles last Fall, which examined California’s role as a pipeline for guns and ammunition to the Mexican drug cartels and how to improve efforts to stem such gun and ammunition trafficking.

 Mexican drug trafficking organizations have been terrorizing citizens in both the United States and Mexico, and thousands of families have lost loved ones to gun violence. These tragedies are being fueled by the flow of illegal weapons and ammunition across the border. The resolution now moves to the Governor’s desk.