Federal authorities announced charges today against 34 Arizonans accused of buying about 700 guns in gun stores in the state on behalf of Mexico’s Sinaloa drug cartel.
This has been speculated on for months by both pro- and anti- gun supporters. Now we have what appears to be actual evidence that drug cartels are getting assault weapons in quantity from the US. The guns were bought from gun stores in Arizona. Authorities say one defendant, a straw buyer for a cartel, bought 38 AK-47 type rifles in about a month, lying that they were for his personal use
The arrests and seizures are proof that Arizona has become an iron highway for guns headed south of the border, according to federal authorities, who say they don’t know how many weapons are being smuggled into Mexico every day.
Yet Arizona is also subject to some of the worst drug violence in the country. BTW, all the defendants are US citizens or legal residents.
I would say this is a big problem. And I’m agnostic about guns.