Mexico calls on U.S. government, courts for help stemming flow of American guns to drug cartels

Mexico calls on U.S. government, courts for help stemming flow of American guns to drug cartels

A sign warns travelers about Mexican gun laws they approach the Mexican border on January 24, 2019 in Tecate, California. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images) EL PASO, Texas (Border Report) – Illegal guns are flowing into Mexico from the U.S. at a record pace, and the Mexican government isn’t happy about that. Mexican officials say those guns are contributing to rising homicide rates in their country and empowering transnational criminal organizations blamed for most of the 120,000 murders reported in Mexico in the past three years. “We estimate that half a million weapons are trafficked from the U.S. to Mexico every year. The problem is that all this weaponry is getting to the criminal organizations, giving them very strong firepower to commit all kinds of crimes,” said Mauricio Ibarra Ponce de Leon, Mexico’s consul general in El Paso. Ibarra says Mexico has strict gun laws and its single army-run gun store only issues a couple of hundred gun licenses per year. Virtually every gun used to commit a crime comes from abroad, and seven out of 10 are traced back to the United States, records show . Those guns don’t flow south by the truckload or planeload. They’re typically purchased by individuals in border states like Texas and California who go into the same or different stores again and again. A recent case in El Paso federal court tells of a local convicted of dealing firearms without a license. The man allegedly purchased 49 guns and rifles from 12 […]

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