I shake my head every time I read an article about an American getting arrested at the Cancun airport for having a firearm and/or ammunition in their checked luggage. It’s not as rare as you might think.
The people being arrested aren’t international arms traffickers, they’re just tourists who — through a complete lack of common sense and good judgement — thought it would be okay to ‘pack heat’ while on vacation south of the border.
The two that were arrested at the airport in Cancun last week should really have known better because they’re both deputy sheriffs employed by the Crisp County Sheriff’s Office in Georgia.
Here’s what they decided to bring on vacation:
They spent two days in a Mexican jail before they were able to bond out. They returned to the United States on Monday — without their firearms.
Since this blog has tens of thousands of readers in the United States, many of whom are law enforcement officers who are accustomed to carrying firearms on their person, I decided to do a quick post to make the following very clear:
“Do not bring your firearms or ammunition with you to Mexico or you will be arrested.”
Of course, this does not apply to those folks who have received prior written authorization from the Mexican government to bring weapons into the country for a specific purpose.
You can read more about the legalities of possessing a firearm in Mexico by clicking HERE.
Other Prohibited Items
While we’re on the topic, here are a few other items that are illegal to bring along with you:
Electric weapons (Tasers)
Pepper spray (capsicum)
If you would like to see a complete list of what’s permitted and what’s not, check out this guide from the Mexican government: Importing Weapons to Mexico (PDF)
Let’s Wrap This Up
So, unless you’re hoping to star on a future episode of Locked Up Abroad, I suggest that you leave the weapons at home and pack more useful items like sunscreen and mosquito repellent.
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