Mexico: One Gun Store, 80K Weapons Smuggled From U.S.


In all of Mexico, there is only one gun store but the nation is awash with firearms, reports the Washington Post. The Directorate of Arms and Munitions Sales, operated by the Mexican military, is not very busy. Customers must come to Mexico City – even if they live 1,300 miles away in Ciudad Juarez. To buy a gun, clients must submit references and prove that their income is honestly earned, that their record is free of criminal charges, and that any military obligations have been fulfilled with honor.

Meanwhile, President Felipe Calderon says Mexican forces have captured more than 93,000 weapons in four years. Mexican authorities insist that 90 percent have been smuggled from the U.S.; the U.S. and Mexican governments have worked together to trace 73,000 seized weapons. More than 6,600 federally licensed firearm dealers operate on the U.S. side of the border. At least 14 million guns are thought to have been sold in the U.S. last year. The one Mexican gun store has sold an average of 6,490 firearms each year since 2006.

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