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Or perhaps Newsweek went out of print before the Fast and Furious story broke. The raw power of therifle, which weighs about 31 lb and is 4.9 feet long, was on show in mid-2020 during a military-style assassination attempt on Mexico Cityspolicechief that was captured by surveillance cameras. Pass a domestic terrorism bill. Get the best of Cracked sent directly to your inbox! Acosta and others like him across the. Weapons and jewelry seized to alleged leader of "El Cartel del Golfo" Jorge Eduardo Costilla Sanchez, aka "El Coss", are presented to the press in Mexico City, on September 13, 2012. They are still covering for the Obama administration. Here's what he told us. "Almost all guns recovered at crime scenes in Mexico 70% to 90% of them were trafficked from the U.S.," the Mexican government claims in its complaint. California, by contrast, accounted for 90 guns, three percent of the total. Enough-time for real action. The cartel can trace its roots to the 1960s and '70s, when farming families entered the marijuana business. Among Mexican traffickers, it has earned itself the nickname "cuerno de chivo" or "goat horn" because of its distinctive banana-shaped magazine. It depicts one cartel member dressed in a garish shirt, cowboy hat and belt buckle. Even though CDN is a rival of CJNG, its members accept payments to allowdrugs or guns to passthrough their territory. Military-style weaponry has enabled the drug trafficking organizations to match and sometimes overwhelm the firepower of Mexican law enforcement. Frankly, Im rather impressed you are still standing at all. The Model 70 receivers were not even heat treated rather they were made from straight bar stock unlike the double heat treated Mausers. Even the much worshiped pre-64 Winchester Model 70s were laughed at by the Europeans when they were first marketed even though the pre-war guns were not all that bad but workmanship after WWII went down rapidly at Winchester. And that region continues struggling with. We'll sell those guys so many guns they drown in them! Cartels:As Mexican drug groups cut in on avocado sales by extorting growers, armed locals fight back. Never mind that the majority of the cartels armament needs are met by leaks of official weaponry bought by the Mexican military. ), We want USA to be majority white! One of the most dangerous pockets of Mexico City: Teptio, the primary-black market area, under the thumb of the Union Cartel. Follow reporter Beth Warrenon Twitter: @BethWarrenCJ. Are ticket costs pricing Houston Astros fans out of Opening Day? He expected to be paid anadditional $5,000 once the guns were delivered toMichoacn, Mexico, according to court records. Diaz's attorney, Gregory Torres, declinedcomment. Guns and munitions confiscated from alleged Mexican drug dealers Alberto Sanchez Hinojosa aka "El Tony", Francisco Arteaga Espino and Leonel Cruz Hernandez are displayed to the press in Mexico City on September 7, 2008, after they were detained in Villahermosa, Tabasco state. The Mexican government claims that more than 68% of illegal guns smuggled across the border are made by those companies, along withBarrett and Witmer Public Safety Group, which acquired Interstate Arms. So same basic rules as slinging coffee at Starbucks, only with slightly higher stakes if somebody doesn't buy your fake smile. The M82 can easily penetrate bulletproof vests, concrete walls and even tanks, says its manufacturer Barrett Firearms. How AMLO Has Fueled Mexico's Drug War. M53 gun truck "LIL SURESHOT", outfitted with a forward fighting box . Criminal gangs that wish to project power often post photos on social media of their members toting M82 gunsand latest military gadgets, mimicking the style of special forces units. All wars are fought with weapons, and the guns used to murder tens of thousands of people in the Mexican War on Drugs mostly come from America.From handguns,. While this is isn't based on one true story, it follows a teenager at the forefront of the crack cocaine epidemic in Los Angeles. While we're busy patting ourselves on the back, you can pat too by voting here and here. Called a "technical" by US military.) Not the party of civil rights,, wait the Democratic Party is not nor has it ever been the Party of Civil Rights as it has always opposed and still opposes the Constitution; it has been and continues to be the Party of Civil Right Suppression, the Party of Slavery, the Party of the KKK, the Party who opposed voting rights,, (just Google it, Google any historic Democratic Politician in history). One thing struck him as particularly odd: " as I'm ringing up the transaction, he has one of those little drawstring backpacks. Colt Super .38 pistol: Colt, based in West Hartford, Conn., is the corporate legacy of Samuel Colt, who popularized the revolver in the years before the Civil War. "They didn't look like they were all connected One guy came in with his wife and kids. But, one boy was a white boy who told me he had served. But, gradually, their suspicions began to pile up " then, we started getting more and more phone calls over the weeks. Miguel Diaz Calderon never made it out of Texas. If someone is breaking the law, go after them. Theyre American-made guns, Sotomayor told the Union-Tribune. Last week, the Treasury sanctioned two Mexican businessmen and four Sinaloa Cartel members in connection with the illicit methamphetamine and fentanyl trade. It makes Americas 1930s Gangster Era a minor skirmish by comparison, and it has lasted much longer too. Why wouldnt *that* be the most obvious area to apply enforcement pressure, instead of law abiding gun owners hundreds or thousands of miles away on the far side of the country? South Korean-made grenades have been. In any case, "the trace itself doesn't tell you anything,"' said Lawrence Keane, general counsel for the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the Newtown, Conn.-based firearms industry trade group. The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives contends the most popular are the FN-57 pistol, once nicknamed the cop-killer for the ammo it could fire; the AR type 223 rifle and the. If Diaz had sneaked his arsenal past U.S. Customs officials, he would have had to pay a "piso," or fee, to members of the Crtel del Noreste,or CDN, which dominates this area of northern Mexico, Jonessaid. Since the federal law banning assault weapons expired in 2004, so-called "straw purchasers" have flooded U.S. gun stores in the Southwest, mostly in Texas and Arizona, sweeping up these and other weapons. Further investigation revealed that from Jan. 21, 2020 to July 11, 2022, Hernandez had purchased 231 handguns 9mm's, .380's and .22's which officials suspect he smuggled into Mexico. It's a more powerful version of the Beretta popularized in James Bond novels and films. Body armour and load-bearing equipment were used by many cartel members, including examples marked 'Marina' (Marines) or 'Polica Estatal' (State Police). Agreed. Its a weapon of war, added the official. Being monitored by the ATF, so The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration blames CJNG and the Sinaloa Cartel for the bulk of America's illicit fentanyl, the top killer during the deadliest drug epidemic in U.S. history. Oh, surprise, surprise, who was AG of California when this was happening?? Agents launched 534 investigations, seized $29 million and intercepted more than 1,200 guns, 4,700 magazines for semi-automatic and automatic weapons and 700,000 rounds of ammunition headed to. WASHINGTON Convicted gun smuggler John Phillip Hernandez of Houston was likely not the kind of customer that Bushmaster Firearms International had in mind when he purchased 14 of the company's .223 caliber AR-15s at Houston area gun shops in 2006 and 2007. "The gun traffickers supplying Mexican drug organizations have become more selective and sophisticated in the weapons they acquire,"' said Kristen Rand, legislative director of the Washington-based Violence Policy Center, which extensively studied the issue. The Insider: Reggie Yates - Episode 2: Mexican Army: War Against Powerful and Violent Drug Cartels | Crime DocumentaryThe Insider: Reggie Yates - Episode 1: . So Ive just one question for you. Exactly, if America had adopted Mexican-style gun control, it probably wouldve had as many mass shootings as Mexico has had in the past 30 years. There is strict gun control in Mexico despite the fact that bearing arms is constitutionally protected. Most of Mexicos gun violence (and violence in general) has primarily come from the cartel wars through the illicit gun trade and insatiable drug thurst facilitated by the United States. Gold-plated, diamond-encrusted weapons are shown to the press after they were confiscated when the army seized a ranch in Zapopan, Mexico, Sunday, May 2, 2010. "We were being told, 'Oh, we're tracking their phones, we've got their license plates,' but it just kept happening. Say hello to our favorite little Al Pacino movie: The Brian De Palma classic from the '80s that has cemented Tony Montana, his little machine gun friend, and Michelle Pfeiffer's stunning slip dresses in cinema history. John Boch, you said: Maybe if the border was more of an obstacle], Theres no way for people to buy guns like these in Mexico. "And they're sending leads up to us to connect the dots.". "I was working in a very large gun store in Phoenix at the time, and we sold everything. To lose that many military, cops, politicians and citizens murdered by gangsters is phenomenal. In the absence of sane border security policies, Guerra said, drug cartels decide who crosses, and people in their organizations use the children to enter the U.S. You don't buy five to six of the same 10k rifle for a collection. Maybe, he'll see this and send a thank you card. The place is called La Leche and it continues to be one of Vallarta's tourist attractions. Pass a domestic terrorism bill.. And yes the California shooter did have a vetted gun but the point being made is that without uniform vetting laws funneling second hand guns into Mexico is a piece of cake. Guns and munitions confiscated to alleged Mexican drug dealers Alberto Sanchez Hinojosa aka "El Tony", Francisco Arteaga Espino and Leonel Cruz Hernandez are displayed to the press in Mexico City on September 7, 2008. In 2018, the homicide rate in Mexico hit a record high of 35,964, spiking 12 percent from the year before, according to the countrys National Institute of Statistics and Geography. And follow Robert on Twitter. Declare Eric Holder a domestic terrorist and arrest him. Shut your pie hole Holder. (PS, you may want to arm your Civilians so they can fight the cartel) Viewers see this group of teenagers create their own drug organization. Total dead including common citizens, murdered politicians and cartel members was at 115,000 estimated for 2006 thru 2018. The tribes in America are not allowed to do things like that, instead they have to follow 3 sets of laws, otherwise a lot of white Americans would move to the reservations for some liberty. If you have a Barrett, it means that any non-special forces such as the localpoliceand the municipalpolicecannot fight you, Grandmaison said. Why havent you closed your northern border with a massive military presence to stop south bound smuggling? ", Your elite government task force in action, everybody: "Guess we just gave the bad guys a buncha weapons." Mexico: U.S. Supplies 90% Of Cartel's Guns. Homeland Security teamed with the ATF tolauncha confidential tip line asking for help from the public, displaying the number on about 200 billboards near the border,asking for information on illegal guns bound for Mexico. Between 2009 and 2020, authorities seized 358 M82rifles, according to official figures cited by the Milenio newspaper. Gunmen who left behind at least one M82riflewere seen spraying the armor-plated car ofpolicechief Omar Garcia Harfuch with high-velocity rounds. No way the Democrats would support increasing the numbers of guns in the world. I hear Chinese AK-74 types a. . Mexican Ambassador Arturo Sarukhan argued against doubts raised by the National Rifle Association that ninety percent of all assault weapons seized in . It all started in 2017, when Norma Llamas Rodriguez, 47,. Some are Russian, some Cuban made. The gun should not be in the hands of civilians, the official said. While they had been gun-running since 2006, a 2011 report by the inspector general criticized the agency for dedicating too many resources to busting straw purchasers and not enough at busting the cartel guys doing the buying. We'll sell those guys so many guns they drown in them!" Christ, John; do a little digging please, since this article is easily refuted/debunked, American and Mexican law enforcement officials say nearly all of the gun violence in Mexico is fueled by the illicit import and sale of U.S. firearms. "He never saw those guns," his attorney told The Courier Journal. Did that law get repealed or expire? Our source and his employer had just been drawn into the ATF's latest kooky adventure. The article, titled, "The U.S. Must Defeat Mexico's Drug Cartels", . Army officials said they confiscated 288 assault rifles, 500,000 rounds of ammunition, numerous grenades and several .50-caliber rifles at a house in the city of Reynosa, across the border from McAllen, Texas. filed a lawsuit in theUS District Court in Massachusetts against the company and 10 other gun manufacturers. Officials found 17 handguns in his car. Fake News. It is cheaper at gun outlets in the U.S. Beretta 9mm. Theres no way for people to buy guns like these in Mexico. A gold-plated AK-47 rifle seized to alleged leader of "The Resistance" drugs cartel, Ramiro Pozos Gonzalez, aka "El Molca", is presented to the press in Mexico City, on September 12, 2012. The customized gold-plated handgun of Jaime Gonzalez Duran, aka "Hummer", founder of a group of hitmen called the "Zetas", shown to the press at the hangar of the Federal Police in Mexico City, on November 7, 2008. Robert Evans just wrote a book, A Brief History of Vice, where he experiments with strange ancient drugs. Under tight security, an anonymous New York federal court jury deliberated for three days before reaching a verdict in the drug trafficking case against ex-Public Security Secretary Genaro Garca Luna. SHARE AK-47 favorite gun of cartels WASHINGTON Convicted gun smuggler John Phillip Hernandez of Houston was likely not the kind of customer that Bushmaster Firearms International had in mind when he purchased 14 of the company's .223 caliber AR-15s at Houston area gun shops in 2006 and 2007. If American made guns are somehow responsible for all this killing by the evil people using them, why do you allow them to enter your country so easily? The Bushmaster .223 comes with a 30-round magazine, enabling the shooter to fire all 30 rounds, one for each pull of the trigger, in a minute or less. Soldiers stand guard around a presentation of arms captured in an operation against the Gulf cartel in Mexico City, Friday, Nov. 7, 2008. Moodys says these cities may see prices drop up to 10%. Criminal organizations operating in Tamaulipas, Guerrero, and Jalisco were the most armed in the country, at least in the last year. Automatic guns and rocket-propelled grenades follow drug trade routes back to China, Guatemala, and the black markets in Central and South America. This, by the way, is the Barrett .50 caliber sniper rifle: It costs between $8,000 and $10,000, and it can literally put a bullet through most light tanks. You have lost 4,020 Federal, State, and Municipal Police killed by the cartels. Andrea Waguespack is a features digital producer for the Houston Chronicle. The main character, Franklin is brilliant. 8. Thousands upon thousands of firearms are smuggled into Mexico from the U.S. each year. Are insane ticket costs pricing Astros fans out of Opening Day? A handgun covered with gold and money sized to alleged financial agent of the drug "Cartel del Golfo", Manuel Alquisires Garcia, aka "El Meme" and also know as Agustin Sanchez Morua, are shown during his presentation to the press on September 12, 2011 in Mexico City. Even got a few border agents killed with those weapons. 12 of 29 13 of 29 Guns and munitions confiscated from alleged Mexican drug dealers . If not, they should be left alone. Sinaloa Cartel A Mexico-based cartel famous largely because their long-term leader, El Chapo, was recently captured and imprisoned, the dangerous Sinaloa Cartel is also notorious for its extensive ties to the Mexican federal police and military. At one point, it was probably four to five of these rifles a week. Subscribe to our YouTube channel, and check out another How To Solve The Country's Gun Problem, and watch other videos you won't see on the site! For more insider perspectives, check out 5 Insane Things I Learned About Drugs As An Undercover Agent and 6 Ways Life In Cartel-Run Mexico Is Nothing Like You Imagine. In Michoacn, the global powerhouse Crtel Jalisco Nueva Generacin, or CJNG, has been engaged in a long and deadly battle with Sinaloa and other rival cartels. Really, who? Hesometimes loaned his SUV tohis employees and his relatives and argues that one of them could have hidden the guns, Martinez said. A gun that can shoot through tanks is pretty useful for that. More than 40 people have been charged in the Upstate of South Carolina as part of a drug-trafficking case known as "Las Seoritas," according to Attorney General Alan Wilson . Well short answer. The Hearst survey of court cases found these weapons among the top 10: The Belgian-made FN Herstal Five-SeveN: Some versions of this pistol hold 10 rounds; others have a 20-round capacity. Oh. An estimated 20 attorneys, many based in Texas, are expected to unite to represent Mexico,including six companies they blame for the bulk of recovered crime guns there:Smith & Wesson, Beretta, Century Arms, Colt, Glockand Ruger. ", It was a good gig for a while. I mean the cartels. There were undercover agents in the store, sometimes. How could the ATF make selling firearms to the cartels a more pleasurable process? [see the above; Israel, China, Brazil, and many other big arms makers also chip in plenty. How Mexican drug cartels have caused a rapid increase in lime prices, putting a . Cartel forces seized a major regional capital city in broad daylight and defeated the national armed forces in open battle. Violence in Mexico has claimed nearly 40,000 lives since President Felipe Calderon began a military offensive aimed at overpowering drug cartels. National Police Chief Gen. Oscar Naranjo, holds a handgun seized to Colombian drug lord and former paramilitary leader Pedro Guerrero Castillo, known as "Cuchillo" (Knife), as he speaks during a press conference in Bogota, Colombia, on December 29, 2010. For thecartels, the M82 has also become a status symbol. So, in 2006, they started experimenting with "gunwalking," essentially letting the cartels smuggle guns into Mexico so they could track them down and catch them. Yes Colt and Smith at one time made some very nice revolvers I will give them that but our rifles have been a joke for years. Mexico remains a cautionary preview of what might happen in America if we adopted Mexican-style gun control.. GREENVILLE, S.C. . A straw purchase is when someone buys a gun legally, but then hands it over illegally to another person. It costs between $8,000 and $10,000, and it can literally put a bullet through most light tanks. That leaves the military as the only ones able to battle thecartels.. In Mexico City, the military has a museum used to train officials, diplomats, and cadets about the war on drugs. 6 Ugly Things I Learned Selling Guns To Drug Cartels. Did you feel they enjoyed their purchasing experience? In January, a Mexican judge charged. Men claiming to speak for Mexico's most powerful drug cartel have released a video threatening to murder . . In May 2008, Mexican federal police raided a suspected trafficker house in Culiacan, a long-standing drug hotbed in the Mexican state of Sinaloa. A Dallas man claimed he didn't knowassault rifles, pistols and ammunitionwere hidden in his silver SUV as he attempted to cross into Mexico from Laredo, Texas. Same guys, different job. Also FN57 pistols but, the Barretts were the big one. In Mexico, the weapon has disrupted the balance of power between criminal groupsand poorly equippedpoliceforces, according to Romain Le Cour Grandmaison, Program Director at the Mexico and Central America Office of Noria, a think tank. On the Shelf. Since joining the Tulsa World in 1999, I have been a three-time winner of Oklahoma's top award for investigative . is on the streets after a gun battle between Mexican security forces and suspected cartel gunmen, in Villa Union, Mexico . Or is it because the CA border is not a barrier to trafficking contraband? For our source, who did nothing but exactly what the law told him, watching the bloody aftermath of the scandal was traumatic: "Our initial thought was how many of these can be pointed across the border at our guys? As Mexican drug groups cut in on avocado sales by extorting growers, armed locals fight back, Daughter of Mexican cartel boss sentenced to US prison for violation of Kingpin Act. So, the ATF was like, "We'll show you! Within the next 45 minutes to an hour, they would come in. This article would have you believe the American guns are coming from civilian sources.. one point left out of the article is that the cartels also like American hand grenades. Send any friend a story As a subscriber, you have 10 gift articles to . The bridge connectsEagle Pass, Texas, to the Northern Mexicocity of Piedras Negras in the state of Coahuila. By the way, where were these officials when the Obama administration was running guns into Mexico as part of Operation Fast and Furious? In addition to weapons from the States working better, Mexico cartels view firearms as status symbols, retired DEA agent Jack Riley told The San Diego Union-Tribune: It is really important to these criminal organizations, who stay in business by the threat of violence and through the use of violence; and the tools that they prefer to do that with are American-made guns.. The group decries the name "assault weapon" and refers to high-powered guns as "modern sporting rifles." One exhibit features weapons seized from cartel members. AP/Eduardo Verdugo. If the laws actually worked, wouldnt Arizona, New Mexico, or Texas be the easier route? But it has expanded operations in the majority of Mexico's states. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Earlier in the week, more than one . What Newell said quite clearly is that . Its a very symbolic weapon in the narco world and for the narco esthetic, Grandmaison said. Till then, fuck you! It was run by brothers Jorge Luis, Juan David, and Fabio Ochoa Vasquez; Pablo Escobar; Carlos Lehder; George Jung; and Jose Gonzalo Rodriguez. They're probably gonna go to super-prison for that. Drug cartels have the flashiest of weapons in their arsenal. Thirty-four. Whats so hard to understand about that? Holder and Obama spoiled the Mexican Cartels by sending them all those quality US made weapons while they ran the show in Washington. I would like to buy Holder and Obama for what they are worth, to sell them for what they THINK theyre worth. Sincerely, Weapons such as the M82 are part of a torrent of illegal arms flowing south, Mexico alleges, partly due to the manufacturers negligent business practices that had encouraged illegal arms trafficking. SHARE AK-47 favorite gun of The M82 can easily penetrate bulletproof vests, concrete walls and even tanks, says its manufacturer Barrett Firearms. Top ATF officials have said in congressional testimony that 90 percent of the guns submitted for tracing by Mexican authorities are from the United States. The M82 guns, often fitted with a scope to act as snipers weapon, can fire 70 rounds per minute with a maximum range of 2,500 meters. CJNG is based in Guadalajara, Mexico's second-largest city, in the state of Jalisco. A jury didn't believe him,convictingJose RafaelVasquez last month of attempting to smuggle goods out of the country. A gold plated pistol and jewelry, allegedly seized from Manuel Alquisires Garcia, aka "El Meme," sit on display during his presentation to the press of in Mexico City, Monday Sept. 12, 2011. Cracked is up for TWO Webby Awards, for Best Humor Site and Best Video Entertainment! of violence in this conflict: intra-cartel disputes, inter-cartel rivalries, and the overall war that Mexican President Felipe Caldern's government is waging on the cartels. After paying the piso and traveling throughCoahuila, Diaz still wouldhave faced a 14-hour drive south toMichoacn. Majority all arms used in Mexico, where gun control laws are very strict, are bought in the U.S . Dear Mexico: clean up your own house before telling us how to take care of ours. I mean all the enforcement is on the American side, very little exists on the Mexican side. While they had been gun-running since 2006, a 2011 report by the inspector general criticized the agency for dedicating too many resources to busting straw purchasers and not enough at busting the cartel guys doing the buying. View of gun butts made of gold, diamonds, emeralds and rubies to form the Mexican flag, in Culiacan, Sinaloa state on July 12, 2011. Reports suggest the Fast and Furious guns are tied to at least 69 killings. When the Coen Brothers needed someone to show The Dude how to really roll, they could turn to only one man: Hall of Fame professional bowler Barry Asher. The perfect moment to strike, of course! Of course, these same quoted Mexican officials made no mention of changing their own to laws to allow the little people to own some cold steel with which they could protect themselves and their families from corrupt federales and cartel predators. American and Mexican law enforcement officials say nearly all of the gun violence in Mexico is fueled by the illicit import and sale of U.S. firearms. Bushmaster describes the AR-15 rifle, a civilian version of the U.S. military's standard-issue M-16, as intended "for law enforcement, security and private consumer use." Diaz, who pleaded guilty, and Vasquezareawaiting sentencing. He likes tacos. The Mexican government estimates that more than half a million guns are smuggled from the U.S. each year, arming Mexico's deadly cartel wars. These agencies team withthe U.S. Bureau of Alcohol,Tobacco, Firearms and Explosivesto investigate the financing, transportation, and communications methods of smuggling networks. We had four or five come in that first guy came in five or six times, saying he was starting a collection. Once in the hands of cartel capos, however, the modern sporting rifle becomes very much an assault weapon. Coke was originally supposed to make you smarter or something. The cartels then use their members or contract with associates to serve as"consolidators.". Drug cartels have been using monster type armored cars for about 15 years these recent photos clashes in tamaulipas between cdn and cdg they use m82 m017 barrets also m2 machine guns and 40mm grenades this doesn't happen very far from egle pass texas or mcallen texas . Pre-order it now! Between all the illegal guns and millions in gold, jewelry and diamonds, there are armed guards on constant watch. Today, the two primary uses of the Barrett are "anti-material" (aka destroying enemy vehicles) and "ridiculous toy for rich people." These guys aren't stupid. El Mencho:Daughter of Mexican cartel boss sentenced to US prison for violation of Kingpin Act. Other than "buying the same $10,000 gun multiple times" and "paying in whale-choking bundles of cash," there was nothing particularly shady about the dudes making these straw purchases. Actively providing firearms to one of the most dangerous organizations in the world and This story has been shared 100,034 times. View of cartridges and weapons from the gangsters and drug-traffickers at the Military Headquarter in Mexico City, on November 7, 2008. Withhold all federal funds from any state if it or any locality is found in violation. From 2006 to 2013, the program expanded until it exploded into the stupidly named "Fast And Furious" scandal. "It's hard to pinpoint exactly where we think a particular load (of guns) we seized was going,"Lestrange said. "We've got agents and we've got trained criminal investigators from the host government in Mexico working investigations in Mexico," he said. , Mexican Drug Cartels Say Americas Gunms The Best , , , , , , fck n A ,HiPoint told yah so. Hundreds of firearms on display before being destroyed at . June 23, 2022, 4:35 PM. Of course, thats not primary the message Newsweek and the mainstream media (not to mention Mexican officials) want readers to take away from their report. The majority of U.S. states allow citizens to buy .50-caliber weapons . It fires the same round as the AK-47 but is significantly shorter and easier to conceal. It is not clear if Century Arms imported the Draco in that case. Newsweek, the defunct print magazine, reports that Mexican drug and crime cartels prefer American-made guns to use against their rivals and innocent Mexican civilians.

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