A south Texas man is in federal custody on gun charges after attempting to purchase 10 fully automatic machine guns from an undercover federal agent for delivery to Mexico.
Joel Santos, a 23-year-old from Mission, was arrested Thursday and charged with conspiring to receive a firearm not registered to him.
Gustavo Chavez Delamora, a Mexican citizen, was arrested on the same charge.
The U.S. Attorney's Office says Santos delivered $12,000 in exchange for the guns to an undercover agent from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Santos allegedly paid an additional $6,000 for 15 handguns.
You know what I've heard a number of times? Pro gun folks told me none of the automatic weapons found in Mexico could have come from the U.S. because they're illegal here. As it turns out, illegal or not, machine guns are indeed being bought and sold and trafficked in the U.S. Do you think those responsible for that activity are otherwise law-abiding gun owners who've been turned into criminals by the unjust laws?
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