Guns Used by Mexican Cartels Traced Back to Local Stores

Tuesday, December 14, 2010 - 10:06am

Guns recovered from the violence in Mexico have been traced back to gun stores in the United States and even here in the Valley, Josh Navarro spoke to a drug war expert about the issue.

Guns that are used in criminal activity in Mexico has now been linked to stores in the U.S. and four of those stores are located in the Valley. According to an article in the Washington Post one of the stores mentioned is Danny's Pawn and Sporting Goods in downtown McAllen. They had 120 firearms used in Mexican violence that were traced back to the store.

NewsCenter 23 asked to speak to the owner, but he was not available, however a store clerk informed us that the article was wrong. Sylvia Longmire, who has 8 years experience as a special agent with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, says these types of purchases happen all over the country and it's hard to catch the criminal making the buy.

Other local stores mentioned in the article were Glick Twins located in Pharr with 165 traces of firearms and Academy Sports and Outdoors with 95 traces back to violence in Mexico. The third store was Valley Guns in Harlingen, which closed down, with 90 traces to criminal activity in Mexico.

Longmire says that 99 out of 100 gun shop owners have nothing to do with fueling the violence in Mexico with the guns sold from their shop. She went on to say that the employees at the shops are the first line of defense and it's up to them to figure out if something is going  on and to report it to federal authorities.

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