Mukasey: Mexican database to track U.S. firearms http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/2008-01-16-us-mexico-firearms_N.htm MEXICO CITY (AP) — A Spanish version of an electronic database will help Mexican authorities trace American firearms found in Mexico, U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey said Wednesday. Mexico has long complained that organized criminals and drug traffickers rely on stolen U.S. weapons to outgun Mexican security forces. "E-trace will allow the tracing of weapons that are found in Mexico, so we can figure out precisely where in the U.S. they are coming from," Mukasey said, during a one-day visit to Mexico City. He didn't say when the data would be available. Speaking at a news conference with his Mexican counterpart, Eduardo Medina Mora, Mukasey said the database will help both countries diminish the illegal firearm trade between the U.S. and Mexico. "We know that neither one of us can solve this problem alone," he said. Since taking office a little over a year ago, President Felipe Calderon has asked the U.S. government to do more to battle the illegal arms trade. Medina Mora welcomed the announcement, saying it was "indispensable that we establish common criteria to solve this problem." Bush and Calderon have tried to increase cooperation in the fight against drugs, as Calderon wages a nationwide battle against gangs responsible for a wave of killings nationwide. Bush has proposed sending a $1.4 billion aid package to Mexico to help Calderon's effort, but the proposal is stalled in the U.S. Congress.