Gun ownership is on the rise in Mexico as more and more people buy firearms to protect themselves amid the high levels of violent crime that plague much of the country.
The number of guns purchased legally and illegally by citizens with no links to drug trafficking or organized crime rose 33% in 2018 to 352,000, according to a study by Carlos Pérez Ricart, a researcher at the Center for Research and Teaching in Economics in Mexico City. (Guns can only be purchased legally in Mexico at one store operated by the army in Mexico City but are widely available on the black market.) [full article]
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