May 31, 2011
California’s tough gun-control laws are targeted at armed criminals in general and mass-shooters in particular. But they appear to have had the unintended consequence of making California gun stores unattractive to purchasers buying weapons for the Mexican drug cartels.
A Hearst Newspapers survey of guns purchased in the United States and funneled to Mexican drug traffickers found that out of 1,600 guns identified by brand name and purchase point in court documents, a mere 70 came from California.
The results dovetail with the findings of a federal law enforcement analysis earlier this year of 2,921 guns recovered in Mexico and traced to original U.S. purchases between December 2006 and November 2010.
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