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Heading to next April 12, when the hearing on Mexico’s lawsuit against weapons manufacturers in the US, Smith & Wesson, Century Arms, Colt’s Manufacturing, Glock, Ruger and Barrett, will be held in the neighboring country They warn that the .50 caliber sniper rifle, one of the deadliest weapons in the world, is becoming more common in organized crime.
Hence, there is concern in Mexican territory about the use of this powerful weapon of war capable of firing 70 rounds per minute with a range of 2,500 meters.
The Barrett .50 is considered to be the most powerful rifle in the world. It pierces armored structures and even concrete and is capable of bringing down aircraft.as was experienced in 2016, when a group of drug traffickers shot down a Mexican army helicopter.
According to the magazine Vicethe .50-caliber sniper rifles stand out from the rest of the arsenal seized in Michoacán, ground zero of one of Mexico’s bloodiest cartel wars.
“That is the highest caliber we have had,” said Pedro Gutiérrez, head of the General Coordination of Expert Services in Michoacán.
Like Gutierrez, Tim Sloan, head of the Mexico branch of the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), confessed his concern, mainly because most of these rifles come from US armories.
Sloan accepts that the Mexican government has reason to be concerned about these weapons, since “it is well known that at least 70 percent of the weapons in Mexico come from the United States.”
Similarly, David Pucino, associate senior attorney at the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence in America, currently “There is no federal law that prohibits the trafficking of firearms, which means that Cases that are built for firearms trafficking must be based on other laws,” the magazine quoted.
The problem lies in the concept that the United States does not sell weapons clandestinely, so there is no black market in the eyes of justice; The acquisition of weapons occurs through third parties who buy the weapons in a number of legal stores that exist.
Hence, Pucino himself emphasizes the need for “Having a federal law that expressly prohibits the trafficking of firearms, which has force, would really be of great help, both in terms of allowing law enforcement to dedicate resources to it. like allowing prosecutors to build those cases in a solid way without having to do this kind of creative work [para procesarlos por cargos menores]”.
Even, criticizes US President Joe Biden, who the publication claims has been relatively quiet on international arms traffickingand instead advocated for universal background checks in his 2022 State of the Union address.
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