Quote:Your reasons being ......?Highly doubtful.
Why would the Mexican cartels buy semi-auto US weapons when their country is full of select fire weapons that were made in other countries?
Mexico was flooded with select fire weapons long ago and they move them NORTH across our border.
Quote:I think that would be like carting sand to the beach.Mexico was flooded with select fire weapons long ago and they move them NORTH across our border.
According to analysis presented by an ATF Agent in August 2010, the top two firearms recovered in Mexico that had been purchased in the United States in the past three years were in order AK-47 type semi-automatic rifles (7.62x39mm caliber) and AR-15 semi-automatic rifle clones (.223 caliber).109 The Romarms (Romanian manufactured) AK-47 rifle and the Bushmaster AR-15 rifle clone have been particularly popular.110 While these firearms were likely purchased in the United States in a semiautomatic configuration before being seized in Mexico, many of them were converted to fire as select fire machine-guns.111 Mexico seized a combined total of more than 4,400 firearms of .762 and .223caliber in 2009.112 The AK-47 and AR-15 respectively are common types of firearms for these calibers.
Many of the Romanian manufactured AK-47s that found their way to Mexico have been imported into the United States from Europe as a whole firearm or in parts as a kit despite a U.S. ban on the importation of semi-automatic assault rifles.114
. . . individuals or groups regularly use straw purchasing as part of a scheme to traffic U.S. firearms to Mexico.22 Straw purchasers are individuals who say they are purchasing a firearm for themselves but the real purchaser is someone else. While new data continues to show Texas, Arizona, and California as major source states for firearms recovered in Mexico, ATF in California says if the analysis is narrowed to firearms purchased in the United States in the last three years California is not as much of a major source.23
While these firearms were likely purchased in the United States in a (LEGAL) semiautomatic configuration before being seized in Mexico, many of them were converted to fire as (ILLEGAL) select fire machine-guns (once in MEXICO).
What do you mean by "real deal" select fire machine guns?
In May 2010, for example, the Mexican government, which has received training from ATF to better identify firearms, said that of the 75,000 firearms it seized in the last three years about 80 percent, or 60,000 firearms, came from the United States.18