Where does Mexico really get its guns?

Oct 2, 2019 | Featured

Ever wonder where Mexican drug cartels are getting all their weapons? After all, since 1972, the most power rifle that you can buy in the country is a .22 caliber weapon. Yet, Mexican drug cartels have grenades, grenade launchers, and fully automatic guns. We have been collecting some quotes on where Mexico gets its guns.

  1. “Most cartels buy in bulk, and the weapons are coming from places like Nicaragua and other South American countries. Also Asia and some from the Middle East,” a Tijuana-based police authority who requested anonymity explained. “And, another factor is the CNC machines making uppers in clandestine shops in Mexico.”
  2. “These kinds of guns — the auto versions of these guns — they are not coming from El Paso,” [Ed Head, a firearms instructor in Arizona who spent 24 years with the U.S. Border Patrol] said. “They are coming from other sources. They are brought in from Guatemala. They are brought in from places like China. They are being diverted from the military. But you don’t get these guns from the U.S.”
  3. Fox News: The fact is, only 17 percent of guns found at Mexican crime scenes have been traced to the U.S. [Politifact has an alternative view here.]



  1. Robert Moon

    This is common knowledge unless you’re a Democrat. If the US banned all guns tomorrow, the criminals and gangs would be obtaining guns through similar sources while the law-abiding American would be left defenseless. The only way to stop criminals from getting guns would be to be able to snap your fingers and make every gun on Earth disappear. The only common-sense solution is to allow the law-abiding citizen to arm himself to the max.

  2. markm

    This is obvious to anyone that knows much about American gun laws. Grenades, grenade launchers, and fully automatic weapons manufactured since 1986 cannot be sold to civilians legally. So such weapons either didn’t come from the US at all, or were stolen from police and military channels.


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