ATF says most illegal guns in Mexico from U.S.

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EL PASO, Texas -- U.S. authorities say nearly all illegal guns seized in Mexico are from the United States.

Some guns traced to Arizona

The head of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives today said investigators have traced 90 to 95 percent of such weapons found in Mexico -- to the U.S

Acting ATF director Michael Sullivan says it's a cooperative effort between the U.S. and Mexico.

Sullivan spoke at the Border Security Conference at the University of Texas at El Paso.

Sullivan says many of the recovered weapons have been traced to smuggling points in Southern California, Arizona, Texas and New Mexico.

Generally, it's illegal to possess guns in Mexico unless you're a law officer or in the military.

FBI Director Robert Mueller told the conference that his agency is working with Mexican officials in anti-kidnapping efforts in Laredo and Nuevo Laredo, Mexico.

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