Number of Illegal Firearms Circulating in Mexico

in Transnational Crime

An estimated 20 million black market firearms are circulating within Mexico, while 5 million firearms are legally available. This creates a ration of 4 illegal black market guns available for every one legal gun.

(Prices of AK-47s and other guns on the black market.)

Source: Patrick Corcoran, “Mexico Black Market Arms Traffic Finds New Routes,” Insight, November 21, 2011.

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