Latin American Program in the News: "Gun smuggling to Mexico dented, but hardly slowed, by border searches"

by LA Times

Jul 12, 2013



At least 2 of every 3 firearms confiscated in Mexico from 2007 to 2011 were purchased in the United States and smuggled south, according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Many of the weapons ended up in the hands of criminal organizations and were used against the military, journalists and civilians.

"In the last six years, they had over 70,000 people murdered in drug-related violence, and a vast majority were using very sophisticated firearms that came from the United States," said Eric Olson, associate director of the Latin American Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center in Washington. "It's having a dramatic impact on Mexico."


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