Tomorrow, Attorney General Eric Holder and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano visit Mexico to discuss ways to stop the smuggling of American weapons, which Mexico says account for 90 percent of confiscated arms there, USA Today reports. There is only one gun store in Mexico. It is run by the Mexican army, and prospective customers need a permit that can take months to get.
Once they buy a gun, there are reams of rules: how much ammunition they can buy each month; where they can take the gun; who they can sell it to. Mexico has some of the toughest gun-control laws in the world, yet drug cartels are armed to the teeth with illegal weapons that are smuggled over the border from the United States. Mexican President Felipe Calderón says little will change as long as the U.S. continues to make gun purchases so easy. His government is pressuring the Obama administration to tighten rules on sales, rather than just the cross-border transport of weapons. Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA), chairman of a group of Democrats and Republicans who support gun rights, says he “will fight any attempts that infringe on our Second Amendment rights.”