Joel Gehrke
Washington Examiner
December 24, 2012

Against expectations, former U.S. Marine Jon Hammar is reportedly being released, but not before the Mexican government blamed gun trafficking from the United States in a letter explaining his extended imprisonment on a technicality.

Hammar was arrested for bringing an antique shotgun into Mexico, after U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officials told him he would be able to register it with the Mexican government.

“As you know well, Mexico has had very stringent gun-control laws in place for many years, and have reinforced their application as a result of the flow of weapons illicitly purchased in the U.S. and then trafficked into Mexico and into the hands of transnational criminal organizations,” Mexico’s Ambassador to the United States, Arturo Sarukhan, wrote yesterday in a letter to Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., who has helped lead efforts to pressure the Mexican government into releasing Hammar.

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