Mexico’s only gun store sells 38 firearms a day. Hundreds more are smuggled from United States

Mexico’s only gun store sells 38 firearms a day. Hundreds more are smuggled from United States

A customer walks the aisles of the Directorate of Arms and Munitions Sales in Mexico City. Prospective buyers must present at least six forms of identification, including proof of employment, and have a clean criminal record. Photo: TNS Parents in the group, which travelled to the US border from southern Mexico, have been told they may be separated from their kids for several months during processing Donald Trump postpones decision on metals tariffs for Canada, European Union and Mexico The only gun shop in all of Mexico is behind a fortresslike wall on a heavily guarded military base. To enter the Directorate of Arms and Munitions Sales, customers must undergo months of background checks – six documents are required – and then be frisked by uniformed soldiers. The army-run store on the outskirts of Mexico City embodies the country’s cautious approach to firearms, and a visit here illustrates the dramatically different ways two neighbouring countries view guns, legally and culturally. Like the Second Amendment in the United States, Mexico’s Constitution guarantees the right to bear arms, but it also stipulates that federal law “will determine the cases, conditions, requirements and places” of gun ownership. For many Mexicans, even those who love guns, the thought of an unfettered right to owning one is perplexing. Yet on this issue, like so many aspects of life in Mexico, the influence of its powerful neighbour to the north is keenly felt: each day the army gun store sells on average just 38 firearms […]

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