Wednesday, September 2, 2020

US made .50 caliber sniper rifles popular with cartel gunmen

Jalisco New Generation gunmen used .50 caliber rifles during an ambush on Mexico City’s police chief in June..50 caliber rifles are used by military sharpshooters for long-range sniping. These rifles can be lethal at distances of over a mile and fire bullets capable of punching through armor, passing through the engine block of a truck, or taking down a helicopter with a well placed shot.
.50 caliber rifles are legal in 47 states, including on the border in Arizona and Texas. The weapons are readily available for around $8k, no questions asked.

It's said to be very easy to get items over the border because most of the enforcement is focused on south to north movement, not north to south.