Photo: Gun Smuggling into Mexico
It is no surprise that the majority of guns that are in Mexico and associated with the narco wars came from the U.S., especially in light of the fact that Mexico only has one gun store.
A study by University of San Diego’s Trans-Border Institute and the Igarape Institute from Brazil are reporting that an average of 253,000 guns are purchased annually n the U.S. with the sole purpose of being transported to Mexico. Approximately 2.2 percent of gun sales in this country are made by illegal gun smugglers that make the sale and do the transporting.
The study: “The Way of the Gun: Estimating Firearms Traffic Across the U.S.-Mexico Border” notes that many U.S. gun dealers would go out of business without the illegal gun smuggling rings that bring in approximately $127.2 Milllion in business.
While gun store owners maybe pleased with this robust business, Mexico is not. The country, since 2006, has seized some 140,000 weapons and has as many as 120,000 victims killed by guns. Legal gun ownership in Mexico is very restricted with only 2.5 million registered gun owners.
The study author’s suggest changes in gun laws where no cash would be allowed for purchases and more extensive background checks that would screen out the gun runners.