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Image: Sergio Solache, The Arizona Republic; Customers shop for firearms Tuesday in Mexico City at Mexico’s only gun store, which is operated by the military. Mexico has some of the strictest gun laws in the world.

Mexico has some of the most restrictive gun laws in the world. If any of the nation’s 112 million citizens want to buy firearms, there’s only one store where they can do it legally. It’s on a sprawling military base and run by the army.

Nothing highlights the cultural and legal differences between Mexico and the United States as starkly as Mexico’s lone gun shop, whose ponderous name is the Directorate of Arms and Munitions Sales.

In the gun shop here, soldiers keep a wary eye on customers as they pass through a metal detector. Once inside, clients seeking protection for their homes are each permitted to buy one small-caliber handgun. They can also obtain 200 rounds of ammunition a year.

“Normally, we have 70 or 100 visitors a day,” army Col. Raul Manzano Velez said as he took a visitor past rows of wooden cabinets displaying Belgian-, German-, Turkish- and U.S.-made handguns and single-shot hunting rifles.

Read the rest of Tim Johnson’s article at Star Telegram.

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