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Smuggler Caught With 80 Assault Weapon Magazines At Border

Photo credit: U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Empty AK-47 assault rifle magazines were seized at the port of entry in San Luis, Ariz.

We know about Mexico's strict gun laws for civilians. And we know that more than two-thirds of firearms Mexican authorities had traced earlier this year came from the United States.

Here's an anecdotal look at the weapons smuggling process. A 20-year-old Mexican national was arrested this weekend at the port of entry in San Luis, Ariz. From the Associated Press:

Authorities say a man has been arrested for attempting to smuggle empty assault weapon magazines out of the U.S. into Mexico.

[Customs and Border Protection] say they discovered 80 ammunition magazines for AK-47 assault rifles in his vehicle.

According to the Fronteras Desk story from April,

The ATF notes that criminals used rifles more than any other type of gun, especially the AK-47 and AR-15 variants.

The AR-15 is similar to the .223 Bushmaster semiautomatic rifle used in Friday's school shooting in Newtown, Conn.

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