Mexican drug gangs buy guns in Houston

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    HOUSTON (Reuters) - Mexican drug gangs looking for weapons powerful enough to stop a vehicle, penetrate a bullet-resistant vest or confront an army detachment need look no further than the Houston area's 1,500 gun shops, where merchandise is priced to move.

    Guns like the Barrett M-82 sniper rifle, the AK-47 and Bushmaster .223 are among those favored by cartel hitmen that slaughtered some 6,300 people in Mexico border cities like Ciudad Juarez and Tijuana last year.

    In Mexico, gun sales are regulated by the government and require citizens to apply for permits, which are rare and expensive. But deadly weapons are in ready supply at a substantial discount for those Mexicans willing to drive 350 miles from the border.

    "They can do the math," said Dewey Webb, Special Agent in Charge of the Houston field division of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. "They can come a few hundred miles north and get a lot better price on it."

    For example, the Belgian-made FN 5.7-caliber pistol is known to gangs as a "cop killer" because it can fire a round through a Kevlar bullet-resistant vest. It goes for $800 in the Houston area, compared to $1,500 in a border store, Webb said.

    The Mexico border violence is starting to spill into the United States. In Tucson, Arizona, a two hour's drive from the border, residents have seen a rash of home break-ins and assaults from gangs linked to the lucrative drug trade.

    Mexico cartels go bargain gun shopping in Houston | U.S. | Reuters
     
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    I'm so glad that we are able to help them out.
     
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    good thing they drive hybrids.
     
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    Sorry to break your love fest up, BUT illegals can not buy weapons in our legal gun stores, JUST DOESN'T happen.

    Ohh and it is news to me an M16 round can stop a car block or shoot through a car. It is a glorified 22 round made to go faster.

    They are not getting guns legally in the United States, ANYWHERE. And the FBI Knows it. As does ATF.

    If they want fully automatic weapons they are not buying them here either. Much easier to pay for those from south of the border where you get REAL Automatics not jury rigged ones that will fall apart, jam and not work due to crappy illegal conversions.

    Once again you dumb asses the AK's we sell in our Gun Stores for the most part are cheap Chinese knock offs that couldn't hit the broadside of a barn even with mechanical help.

    It is a STRAIGHT UP LIE if an FBI agent claimed Illegals are buying guns in Houston's legal Gun shops. It is a LIE if an FBI agent is claiming legals are buying them legally and reselling them to illegals.

    The Government knows with in minutes of any gun sale that is legal through a gun store, they know the customers name and background. They have a history of their gun buying habits. More importantly the Gun STORE Owner knows this and knows if he gets caught even appearing to sell guns illegally he loses his license. They will NOT do business with people like that.

    You need an FFL license to buy more than a couple guns a month. And ammo is tracked now also, if you buy more than I believe 400 rounds in a month the dealer MUST notify the Government of the amounts types and who bought them.
     
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    Who said anything about illegals?

    Drug gangs hire strawmen to make their purchases for them, not illegals.
     
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    have you given any thought that some mexicans have stolen American Identification?? ever???? huh???? what??? can't hear you????
     
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    GOOD FOR THEM.

    At leastSOMEBODY'S trying to help America's balance of trade.

    Can't we sell them tanks and more advanced weapons, too?
     

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