Mexico is the fifth country in the world with the most unregistered firearms

Mexico is the “fifth country in the world with the most unregistered firearms,” ​​said the legal consultant of the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs during a Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS).

The Small Arms Survey calculates that “there are more than 13 million unregistered weapons in circulation in our country despite the fact that Mexican laws on possession of weapons are strict and there is only one office managed by the Ministry of Defense (…) so that civilians can request permission and buy firearms, “said Alejandro Celorio Alcántara, during his speech.

The government estimates that “more than half a million firearms are trafficked from the United States into our country each year.”

The expert added on the occasion of the commemoration at the OAS of the Inter-American Day to Counter the Illicit Manufacturing and Trafficking of Firearms.

FIGURES

According to official figures, between 70 and 90% of the weapons found at crime scenes in Mexico “are traced to their origin” in the United States, which, according to Celorio, is a problem not only because of the quantity but also because of their characteristics, since many are designed for military use.

This gives criminal groups significant firepower, the consequence of which is “massacres that leave dozens dead in a couple of minutes.”

Celorio said the government has worked with the United States to combat and prevent illicit arms trafficking.

But another component remained pending: the companies that manufacture and distribute them.

LAW

In August 2021, Mexico filed a civil lawsuit for damages against these companies for estimating that “their negligent and illicit activities facilitate the trafficking of their product, co-generating this spiral of violence,” Celorio explained, emphasizing that it is not against the United States government. United States, American citizens or its legal system.

But “governments have the opportunity to encourage our private sector to conduct themselves with due diligence, due care, prevent their products from causing harm and that in the case of weapons and more than weapons designed for military use fall into the hands of criminals,” he added.

The United States representative to the OAS, Bradley Freden, said that his country “recognizes its responsibility to do its part in preventing the illegal export of firearms to our neighbors, and is committed to working with Mexico, the Caribbean, Latin Central and other countries in the region to stop the illegal movement of firearms across borders.”