Texas Top Seller of US Guns Traced to Mexico
Washington Post probe reveals leading dealers
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Dec 13, 2010 9:09 AM CST
An investigator places evidence markers at the site where a man was shot to death in the northern border city of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Thursday Dec. 9, 2010.   (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills)

(Newser) – More US guns seized in Mexican drug violence come from Texas than any other state—and more come from Houston than any other Texas city, the Washington Post finds after a year-long investigation. The probe isolated the top 12 US dealers of guns traced to Mexico, and uncovered the biggest: Bill Carter, whose Houston-area chain of stores is the source of more than 115 guns seized in the past 2 years. Of the remaining 11, seven are in Texas, which has 3,800 gun retailers, three are in Arizona, and one is in California.

Drug cartels coming to the US for their guns isn’t new, says an authority—but the volume of high-powered rifles heading south of the border is. Some 60,000 US guns have been seized in the past 4 years. "One of the reasons that Houston is the number one source, you can go to a different gun store for a month and never hit the same gun store," said an ATF agent. While you can buy a 9mm handgun along the border, "if you come to Houston," which has 300 gun retailers, "you can probably buy it cheaper because there's more dealers, there's more competition."

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Dec 13, 2010 4:25 PM CST
You mean after the DoD and DEA, didn't you? Of course, you did. The Zetas were trained by US experts most likely. Why are US Military helicopters flying missions into Mexico every day from Texas bases? What are they doing exactly? And what do they bring back for profit? At who's command? And boyish good-looking Gov. Rick Perry wants attack helicopters ready to "git 'em".
Dec 13, 2010 12:25 PM CST
We need to figure out how to get them more guns.
Dec 13, 2010 11:42 AM CST
This is a simple numbers game. Look at the total number of guns sold from any dealer that end up in a criminals hands, then figure that as a percentage of total sales. I'll guarantee that as a percentage the numbers are similar between all dealers.