Mexico’s only gun store
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Inside Mexico’s only gun store

Mexico’s only gun store

Hugo Joy Gallegos Sanchez, 32, of Mexico City  examines a handgun at the Directorate of Arms and Munitions Sales, the only outlet for legal gun purchases in Mexico.

 (Meghan Dhaliwal / For The Times)
Mexico’s only gun store

Gun buyers sometimes wait for hours for their paperwork to be processed at Mexico’s Directorate of Arms and Munitions Sales.

 (Meghan Dhaliwal / For The Times)
Mexico’s only gun store

A customer takes delivery of a hunting rifle at the Directorate of Arms and Munitions Sales. Mexican law allows citizens to have one handgun for personal protection and up to nine rifles, as long as they can prove they are members of shooting or hunting clubs.

 (Meghan Dhaliwal / For The Times)
Mexico’s only gun store

A customer walks the aisles of the Directorate of Arms and Munitions Sales in Mexico City. Prospective buyers must present at least six forms of identification, including proof of employment, and have a clean criminal record.

 (Meghan Dhaliwal / For The Times)
Mexico’s only gun store

Col. Eduardo Tellez Moreno, who runs the Directorate of Arms and Munitions Sales, said he believes gun ownership is a privilege.

 (Meghan Dhaliwal / For The Times)
Mexico’s only gun store

Col. Eduardo Tellez Moreno points out the serial number used to keep track of a handgun.

 (Meghan Dhaliwal / For The Times)
Mexico’s only gun store

Customer Eduardo Nieto Rodriguez of Mexico City, left, makes sure the serial number on a handgun he’s buying matches the number on his registration.

 (Meghan Dhaliwal / For The Times)
Mexico’s only gun store

A Mexican soldier makes his rounds at the Directorate of Arms and Munitions Sales, located on an army base on the outskirts of Mexico City.

 (Meghan Dhaliwal / For The Times)
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