Of course, this is Rep. Jim Moran, so what can we expect?
His claim was that, “According to ATF data, 70 percent of firearms recovered and traced in drug cartel crimes in Mexico originated from the United States.” PolitifactVA, for all that’s worth, says that is “Mostly True”.
You see, of the traced firearms, about 70% were manufactured in the United States, or were manufactured elsewhere and imported here before going to Mexico.
Where neither Rep. Moran nor PolitifactVA bothers to mentions is that fully 1/3 of the firearms the BATF was asked to trace were not traceable. Furthermore, there were an unspecified number of firearms which the Mexican government did not ask the BATF to trace.