Mexico has some of the toughest gun control laws in the world. But while drug cartels have well-stocked arsenals, law-abiding citizens struggle to get a permit to own a gun.
“Most Mexican families do have guns in their homes, and they’re illegal,” said Alex LeBaron, a Chihuahua state representative and native of the town of LeBaron. “Even though the law states that certain kinds of weapons are allowed if you register them, but you can’t buy them,” said LeBaron.
In Mexico the military enforces the law that limits the caliber and quantity of guns an individual can own. Carrying a weapon is illegal, unless the owner belongs to a gun club. Mexico’s military also issues gun-club permits for sporting or hunting purposes. But the military owns the one gun store in Mexico.
Daniel Madrid, 28, has been going to target practice since he was six and has won several trophies for marksmanship.
He and his father are members of the Paquime Gun Club which has a shooting range in the Casas Grandes area.
Gun club members are allowed to own up to ten weapons. But even law-abiding citizens admit most of the guns registered in Mexico are bought on the black market.