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Statement by Gov. Rick Perry on New Justice Department Rules

Wednesday, July 13, 2011  •  Austin, Texas  •  Press Release

Gov. Rick Perry today issued the following statement regarding the new U.S. Department of Justice reporting requirements for multiple purchases of semiautomatic rifles within the four U.S. states bordering Mexico:

"Singling out border states and targeting legal gun sales and sellers will have little or no impact on the Mexican cartels transporting drugs, guns and cash to and from major cities throughout the U.S. These cartels - which are responsible for more than 40,000 deaths since 2006, including Americans like Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry - have various ways of obtaining weapons that don't include lawful purchases from legitimate gun sellers.

"Instead of arbitrarily implementing this misguided and constitutionally questionable policy, the Obama administration should target actual criminals rather than law-abiding citizens and immediately secure our southern border against the northbound and southbound illegal smuggling of drugs, humans, cash, guns, fugitives and stolen vehicles."

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