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November 17, 2009

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I'm surprised Bonner didn't mention the possibility of cutting off weapons sales country-to-country as well. I doubt anyone has a good handle on the military-grade weapons that were sold around Central and South America, that have been removed from armories and transported to Mexico.

Regarding the parts kits... The receivers on these kits are required to be cut into three pieces, with significant metal removed in each cut to render the pieces as scrap.

Using an American-made receiver to rebuild these kits will not disguise or conceal the origin of the receiver - which is required to have the full markings of the manufacturer and a serial. Of course, those markings could be removed, but that would be illegal, wouldn't it?

Saying that parts kits are a problem is simply smokescreen. As the old advertisement said, "Parts is parts", and it doesn't matter if the parts are newly manufactured or from parts kits.

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