Mexico: President says flow of assault weapons from the US fuels drug-related violence

Illegal exports of assault weapons from the US have contributed to an increase in drug-related violence in Mexico, since a ban on such weapons in the US ended in 2004, said the Mexican President, Felipe Calderon, in a TV interview on 10 May. According to the president, Mexican authorities have seized more than 100,000 weapons in the past four years, 85 percent of which came from the U.S.  Sixty percent of the guns seized were assault weapons, including AR-15 and AK-47 rifles. IANSA members in the US, including the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, are campaigning for a new ban on assault weapons and large capacity ammunition magazines. Read more here.