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Mexico. 2015 ‘General Rules (Reglas Generales).’ Federal Law of Firearms and Explosives of January 11, 1972 - Last amended in 2015 (Ley Federal de Armas y Explosivos del 11 de enero de 1972 - Última reforma publicada en 2015); Title I, Chapter II (Article 1), p. 1. Mexico City: Congress of Mexico. 12 November

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Ley Federal de Armas y Explosivos

Artículo 1

Las disposiciones de esta Ley son de interés público.


[Translation by]

Federal Law of Firearms and Explosives

Article 1

The provisions of this Act are of public interest.

[Editor's note: Unofficial translation by David B. Kopel and Ruben Medardo Tapia, 15 February 2009, based on the Mexican Government's 2004 reform -]

[Editor's note: The right of citizens to possess firearms in Mexico is reduced to a conditional privilege by restrictions enacted in this statute law. For example:
- Each firearm must be registered to its owner by the state
- A licence is required to carry firearms
- An extraordinary permit is required to transfer firearms between individuals
- Proof of genuine reason is required for firearm possession
- Background checks include criminal, mental, physical and addiction records
- Possession of ammunition is limited to a maximum number of rounds
- Gun dealer sales are limited to one firearm per transaction
- Legislation specifies safe storage and transport of guns and ammunition
- Possession of firearms for self defence is limited to two guns
- Third party character references are required to carry a hidden handgun
- Military grade firearms, handguns greater than 9mm, rifles and carbines of .223, 7mm, 7.62 and .30 calibres and automatic firearms are prohibited for civilian possession

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