Are Mexico’s stringent gun control laws aiding a rise in cartel violence?

Are Mexico's stringent gun control laws aiding a rise in cartel violence?

California communities on Mexico border report rise in COVID-19 cases MEXICO CITY, Mexico – On a military base on the edge of Mexico City, the country’s only gun store — officially called the Directorate of Arms and Ammunitions Sales — is concealed inside a bland, concrete building. Uniformed troops serve as clerks. Mexico is one of just three countries – along with the United States and Guatemala – with the constitutional right to bear arms. But citizens must travel from far and wide to this one place, face seemingly endless red tape and waiting periods, and pay exhorbitant prices and fees. In pre-pandemic times, the store sold an average of just 38 firearms a day – yet Mexico remains awash with illegal weapons – almost all in the hands of cartels and criminal operatives. As violent crime surges across the nation of 126 million, activists are raising the question: Is it time to loosen firearms restrictions so ordinary people can better protect themselves and their families? "Let’s fight to regain our peace of mind. Today Mexico needs you," the Official Mexican Association of Firearms Users A.C. said on Facebook. "We must ensure the existence of our rights and a good future for our children." GANGSTER BUSTED IN MEXICAN CARTEL MASSACRE OF MORMON MOMS AND KIDS The group has garnered more than 200,000 followers since it started its social media campaign in 2011, routinely posting updates on security and related policy issues in Mexico, but has yet to win over […]

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