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Mexican Prosecutors Say They're Not Playing Around With Proposals to Ban Toy Guns

18 August 2002

Associated Press

MEXICO CITY — Mexico City prosecutors said Sunday they aren't just playing around with proposals to ban toy guns, which they say were used in several recent stickups. Berardo Batiz, Mexico City's top prosecutor, told the government news agency Notimex that his office is studying ways to ban the guns, or require toy makers to manufacture the plastic play weapons in colors less realistic than black. "We are studying proposals, we have lawyers looking at some form of... (GunPolicy.org)

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Mexico

Mexican Village Buries 26 After Massacre

2 June 2002

Associated Press

SANTIAGO XOCHILTEPEC, Mexico — The little cemetery under the piney mountains was filled to overflowing. Even some of the graves were cut extra-wide in the muddy red earth so that brother could be buried beside brother. With weeping, wailing and anger, Santiago Xochiltepec buried 26 men on Sunday, most of them young, all victims of a Friday evening massacre that grew out of a land dispute residents say is nearly seven decades old. The Oaxaca state attorney general's... (GunPolicy.org)

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Mexico

Dozens of Mexican Police Arrested

14 April 2002

Associated Press

TIJUANA, Mexico — The police officers were expecting to receive an evaluation of their work. Instead, soldiers and federal police stormed a meeting Wednesday at a state police academy in the border city of Tecate, ordering dozens of officers — including several chiefs and commanders — to hand over their guns. They then placed them under arrest. Twenty-one city police from Tijuana and Tecate and 20 state ministerial police were flown to Mexico City overnight, the... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States,Mexico

Mexico, US Join to Battle Illegal Southward Flow of Weaponry

25 July 2001

Los Angeles Times

SAN DIEGO — Proclaiming a new spirit of cooperation in fighting crime, the top U.S. and Mexican prosecutors announced steps Tuesday to curb the flow of illegal weapons from the United States into Mexico and to improve collaboration on other law enforcement issues. U.S. Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft and his Mexican counterpart, Rafael Macedo de la Concha, also vowed to improve communication and understanding between federal prosecutors of the two countries. As part of that... (GunPolicy.org)

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Mexico

US Guns Smuggled Into Mexico Aid Drug War

19 May 2001

New York Times

MEXICO CITY — Though public attention focuses on the drugs smuggled from Mexico to the north, officials here are increasingly concerned by an ever more lethal flow of guns south from the United States. The growing number of assault rifles and semiautomatic weapons showing up in shootouts and assassinations has bolstered the arms caches of Mexico's drug cartels, officials in both countries say. And they feed one of the highest rates of gun homicide anywhere in the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Mexico

Twelve Killed in Mexican Gun Attack

15 February 2001

Reuters

MEXICO CITY — Twelve people died when a group of attackers armed with rifles burst into a community gathering in the northern state of Sinaloa, dragged them into a truck and shot them, the local attorney general's office said on Thursday. According to a transcript of a news conference faxed by the Sinaloa attorney general's office to Reuters, the attackers numbered about 15, wore hoods and had rifles, including AK-47s. Three people were also injured in the attack,... (GunPolicy.org)

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Mexico

New Gun Trade: Turning Them In

4 May 2000

Christian Science Monitor

NEW YORK and MEXICO CITY — It's a global problem — too many weapons, too much violence. Now, at least one solution is in vogue around the world: gun buyback programs. From Mozambique to El Salvador, from the Republic of Georgia to Newark, N.J., gun owners — legal or illegal — are being encouraged to turn in their weapons in return for money, food, footwear, or farm tools. There is no doubt the programs work, to a degree. They run out of money before people... (GunPolicy.org)

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Mexico

Mexico Arrests Two US Citizens on Gun-Smuggling Charges

10 October 1999

Associated Press

MEXICO CITY — Mexico has arrested two U.S. citizens on charges of smuggling and stockpiling illegal weapons, the attorney general's office said Sunday. The Americans, arrested in the central state of San Luis Potosi on Sept. 29, were identified as Robert James Bryce and Paula Sue Keller and are accused of entering Mexico with false documents. Authorities didn't give their hometowns. The attorney general's office said Bryce had a .32 caliber gun at the time of his... (GunPolicy.org)

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Mexico,United States

Mexico, US Get Word Out on Gun Laws

26 October 1998

San Antonio Express-News (Texas)

LAREDO — Motorists are being warned from both sides of the border here about a law that has landed a steady stream of U.S. citizens in Mexican prisons for driving into that country with guns or ammunition in their vehicles. This city and neighboring Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, have joined forces to explain the law to travelers and call international attention to its impact. Ranchers in Mexico are joining the effort, trying to head off wholesale cancellations of lucrative... (GunPolicy.org)

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Mexico

Mexico Takes Aim at Illegal Guns from US

6 September 1998

Los Angeles Times

MEXICO CITY — Next time you pop across the Mexican border for a visit, remember to leave your AR-15 semiautomatic assault rifle at home. This year, 123 U.S. citizens have been arrested in Mexico on weapons charges, according to the U.S. Embassy here, and about 70 Americans — including an Orange County man — are now being held, accused or convicted of violating the country's strict Firearms and Explosives Act. In some cases, people honestly forget that they have... (GunPolicy.org)

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Mexico,United States

Mexicans Set to Ease Gun Laws

12 August 1998

San Antonio Express-News (Texas)

MEXICO CITY — The Chamber of Deputies is poised to relax strict laws on the importation of firearms that could mean the early release of scores of Americans now held in Mexico prisons on gun charges. The proposal, part of a wide-ranging package of reforms to Mexico's federal firearms law proposed by President Ernesto Zedillo, already has passed the Mexican Senate, and congressional sources say it stands a good chance in the lower chamber, which is expected to begin... (GunPolicy.org)

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Mexico

Mexico Gun Law Nabs US Citizens Off Guard

19 July 1998

San Antonio Express-News (Texas)

MATAMOROS, Mexico — In prisons across Mexico, more than 80 U.S. citizens are doing time for a crime that in Texas, and much of the United States, is all but a God-given right: carrying a gun or possessing ammunition. Both are illegal in Mexico, where gun-control laws are strict and unforgiving, even if the weapon or bullets were unintentionally taken across the border. The case of Neil Johnson, a top manager for a San Antonio grocery company, exemplifies the trouble... (GunPolicy.org)

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Mexico

Mexican Senate Passes Gun Law

29 April 1998

Associated Press

MEXICO CITY — Bringing more than one firearm into Mexico without permission from Mexican authorities could cost travelers up to 30 years in prison under a new law passed by the Senate. The Senate voted Tuesday to eliminate jail terms and impose only fines under the new law for first offenses by tourists who bring a single, small-caliber weapon into the country, the newspaper Reforma reported. Tourists could even ask for the return of such weapons seized by police... (GunPolicy.org)

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