Mexico presses US on gun control after Fast and Furious-tied murder

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“Our Government has made respectful calls to strengthen the criteria to sell high caliber rifles, an issue that has also been expressed by different sectors in the United States. If we become more efficient in facing this crime, we will benefit both societies.”

Mexico's new president, Enrique Peña Nieto, has publicly called for tighter U.S. gun regulations.

Earlier this year, activists gave the U.S. Embassy in Mexico a petition with 54,000 signatures calling for tougher action to combat arms trafficking after the death of more than 70,000 people in the nation's drug war since 2006, many of them killed by guns obtained in the United States.

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