Number of Guns Purchased in the U.S. Smuggled into Mexico Between 2010-2012

According to a study released by the Trans-Border Institute at the University of San Diego, around 250,000 guns were purchased in the United States and smuggled into Mexico each year between 2010 to 2012. Security officials on both sides of the border seized 14 percent of the guns smuggled into Mexico.

The study estimates that up to 47 percent of U.S. guns stores rely upon some demand from Mexico in order to stay in business.

Source:  Adrian Florido, “Study Aims For Fuller Picture of Cross-Border Arms Trafficking,” Fronteras, March 18, 2013.