Introduced in House Passed House Introduced in Senate Passed Senate To President Became Law
02/11/2020          

Illicit Arms Trafficking Security Enforcement Act

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02/11/2020 Introduced in House Open

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116TH CONGRESS 
2D SESSION H. R. 5849 

To require the Secretary of Homeland Security to establish a Border Enforce-
ment Security Task Force unit to investigate transnational criminal 
organization arms smuggling across the international border between 
the United States and Mexico, and for other purposes. 

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES 

FEBRUARY 11, 2020 
Mr. GALLAGHER introduced the following bill; which was referred to the 

Committee on Homeland Security 

A BILL 
To require the Secretary of Homeland Security to establish 

a Border Enforcement Security Task Force unit to inves-
tigate transnational criminal organization arms smug-
gling across the international border between the United 
States and Mexico, and for other purposes. 

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representa-1

tives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, 2

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. 3

This Act may be cited as the ‘‘Illicit Arms Trafficking 4

Security Enforcement Act’’. 5

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SEC. 2. BORDER ENFORCEMENT SECURITY TASK FORCE 1

UNIT FOR ARMS SMUGGLING. 2

(a) ESTABLISHMENT.—Not later than 180 days after 3

the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of 4

Homeland Security shall, pursuant to section 432 of the 5

Homeland Security Act of 2002 (6 U.S.C. 240), establish, 6

in consultation with the National Targeting Center of U.S. 7

Customs and Border Protection and the Bureau of Alco-8

hol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives of the Department 9

of Justice, a Border Enforcement Security Task Force 10

unit to investigate transnational criminal organization 11

arms smuggling across the international border between 12

the United States and Mexico. 13

(b) PURPOSES.—The Border Enforcement Security 14

Task Force unit established in accordance with subsection 15

(a) shall focus on the following: 16

(1) Reducing arms smuggling of weapons, 17

weapon parts, munitions, explosives, and related 18

items from the United States to Mexico. 19

(2) Apprehending, or working with relevant law 20

enforcement to apprehend, arms smugglers within 21

the United States or crossing from the United 22

States to Mexico. 23

(3) Ensuring coordination with the Bureau of 24

Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives to re-25

ceive comprehensive data on seized firearms in Mex-26

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ico through an electronic tracing system or a suc-1

cessor system. 2

(4) Deconflicting arms trafficking investigations 3

between the Department of Homeland Security and 4

the Department of Justice. 5

(c) COMPOSITION.—The Border Enforcement Secu-6

rity Task Force unit established in accordance with sub-7

section (a) shall be composed of the following: 8

(1) U.S. Customs and Border Protection. 9

(2) U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforce-10

ment, led by Homeland Security Investigations. 11

(3) Other Department of Homeland Security 12

personnel, as appropriate. 13

(4) The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, 14

and Explosives, with the approval of the Attorney 15

General. 16

(5) Other Federal, State, local, Tribal, and for-17

eign law enforcement agencies, including Mexican 18

law enforcement agencies, as appropriate. 19

(d) RESOURCES.—Not later than 180 days after the 20

date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Home-21

land Security, in coordination with the Attorney General, 22

shall submit to Congress a report that identifies tech-23

nology, dedicated personnel, and other resources required 24

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for the following purposes relating to the establishment 1

of the BEST unit in accordance with subsection (a): 2

(1) Continuation of Operation Without a Trace 3

and related Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, 4

and Explosives agency strategy. 5

(2) Conducting pilot programs and operations. 6

(3) Joint training operations. 7

(e) MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING.—Not later 8

than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, 9

the Secretary of Homeland Security and the Attorney 10

General shall update the 2009 memorandum of under-11

standing between Homeland Security Investigations and 12

the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives 13

relating to improving coordination on efforts to combat il-14

legal arms trafficking. 15

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Mike Gallagher R-WI 02/11/2020 Sponsor
Date Branch Action
02/11/2020 President Referred to the House Committee on Homeland Security.Action By: House of Representatives
02/11/2020 President Introduced in HouseAction By: House of Representatives
Summary
There is one summary for H.R.5849. View summaries Shown Here:Introduced in House (02/11/2020) Illicit Arms Trafficking Security Enforcement Act This bill directs the Department of Homeland Security to establish a new unit&#8212;a Border Enforcement Security Task Force unit&#8212;to investigate transnational criminal organization arms smuggling across the international border between the United States and Mexico. The purposes of the new unit include, among other things, reducing arms smuggling from the United States to Mexico.
Shown Here:Introduced in House (02/11/2020) Illicit Arms Trafficking Security Enforcement Act This bill directs the Department of Homeland Security to establish a new unit&#8212;a Border Enforcement Security Task Force unit&#8212;to investigate transnational criminal organization arms smuggling across the international border between the United States and Mexico. The purposes of the new unit include, among other things, reducing arms smuggling from the United States to Mexico.
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(d)ResourcesNot later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Homeland Security, in coordination with the Attorney General, shall submit to Congress a report that identifies technology, dedicated personnel, and other resources required for the following purposes relating to the establishment of the BEST unit in accordance with subsection (a): (1)Continuation of Operation Without a Trace and related Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives agency st

Department of Homeland Security
(4)Deconflicting arms trafficking investigations between the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice

Department of Justice
Customs and Border Protection and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives of the Department of Justice, a Border Enforcement Security Task Force unit to investigate transnational criminal organization arms smuggling across the international border between the United States and Mexico

House of Representatives
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