“Legalization” is a loaded word in any conversation dealing with Mexico’s drug war. But it always seems to center around illegal drugs — primarily marijuana. Not too many people, especially on the US side of the border, ever really debate legalizing something else: private gun ownership in Mexico.
Southbound weapons trafficking is easily one of the most controversial issues in the drug war, but few Americans understand the root cause of the need for Mexican transnational criminal organizations (TCOs) to illegally import firearms from the United States, Central America and elsewhere for their macabre purposes.
Some people might be surprised to learn that private ownership of a firearm in Mexico is not easily accomplished. The Mexican constitution has its own version of the US Constitution’s Second Amendment. But while Mexican citizens are guaranteed the right to own firearms, the country’s gun control laws are arguably some of the strictest in the world.