"In the gun shop here, soldiers keep a wary eye on customers as they pass through a metal detector. Once inside, clients seeking protection for their homes are each permitted to buy one small-caliber handgun. They also can obtain 200 rounds of ammunition a year."Normally, we have 70 or 100 visitors a day," army Col. Raul Manzano Velez said as he took a visitor past rows of wooden cabinets displaying Belgian-, German-, Turkish- and U.S.-made handguns and single-shot hunting rifles.
The shop's existence is unknown to many citizens. "The federal firearms law forbids us from advertising so as not to promote rampant gun buying," Manzano said."
To pick up that comfortable old saw again: 'When you outlaw guns, then only outlaws will have guns.'
It is interesting to note the extreme level of violence that abounds across the Mexican landscape invariably involves firearms, despite laws against such things. When people are going to break the law, why stop at just breaking one?
Experience would indicate we should expect increase in criminal activity with an accompanying level of violence if citizens are not legally allowed to poses implements of defense.
To wit: "Despite the rigor of Mexico's gun laws, its murder rate of 18 per 100,000 people is more than triple the United States' rate of five per 100,000. Nearly all homicides in Mexico occur with firearms."