US reveals arms dealers names
US: The Washington Post revealed Monday the names of the top 12
traders of weapons seized by police in actions against organized crime
in Mexico in the last two years.
After a yearlong investigation, the newspaper reported that eight of
the main suppliers of arms to Mexico are in Texas, three in Arizona and
one in California.
From 2006 to date, US and Mexican authorities have found more than
60,000 weapons used for violence in Mexico and from about 7,500,500
gunsmith’s shops located on the border of both countries.
During the period were identified 185 weapons purchased in the
gunsmith’s shop Lone Wolf Trading Company in Glendale (Arizona), 165 at
Glick Twins (Texas), 130 at J & G Sales in Prescott (Arizona) and 120 in
Denny’s Pawn and Sporting Goods in Mcallen ( Texas).
The newspaper in its online edition said that although the identities
of US merchants arms suppliers are confidential by law the US Congress
since 2003, names were identified after the investigation. A study by
the Project Gunrunner of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and
Explosives (ATF), whose work was also hampered by the laws of Congress,
found that 23 traders bought more than 335 firearms.
According to the source, under federal law must be reported to the
ATF the sale of two or more firearms to the same person, but this is not
valid for multiple sales of guns, including shotguns and rifles like the
A Justice Department inspector admitted in a report that the lack of
a reporting requirement of multiple sales of guns limits the ability of
ATF to stop the flow of illegal weapons into Mexico, said The Washington
According to the newspaper, to examine the flow of weapons from US to
Mexico, it reviewed hundreds of court documents, federal reports and
interviewed Mexican and U.S. officials and former policemen.
Some 30,000 people died in the last four years in Mexico since the
government intensified efforts to combat organized crime and drug
trafficking. Washington, Prensa Latina