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Top US, Mexican officials meet on guns smuggling

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CUERNAVACA, MEXICO – High level US officials visiting Mexico to discuss illegal guns smuggling underscored their commitment to work with Mexico to fight drug violence, but shied away from discussions about renewing the assault weapons ban.

Attorney General Eric Holder told reporters in Cuernavaca, Mexico, where he and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano met with their Mexican counterparts, that they will move forward with efforts to stem illegal smuggling with the laws currently in place in the US.

“I don't think our Second Amendment will stand in the way of the efforts we have begun,” Holder said during a press conference.

The two met with for several hours with Mexican Attorney General Eduardo Medina Mora, Interior Minister Fernando Gomez Mont, and Public Safety Secretary Genaro Garcia Luna ahead of a visit by President Obama later this month.

Mexican President Felipe Calderon has sent thousands of troops and federal officers across the country to tackle drug trafficking. But over 7,000 people have been killed since last January, and officials on both sides of the border have long maintained that the weapons they use flow in illegaly from the US.

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