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United States citizens who accidentally carry a single firearm into Mexico may not face long jail terms. Instead they will:
However, this exception does not apply if the weapon is one reserved for exclusive use by the Mexican military. Anyone caught carrying these firearms may be sentenced to 5 to 30 years in a Mexican prison.
Someone who is caught with multiple firearms not in the military category, or who commits a repeat offense with such weapons, also faces 3 to 10 years in prison.
At the very least it will cost lots of time (months or years in a Mexican jail) and thousands of US Dollars in lawyer fees to get out.
The best thing is not to take firearms into Mexico unless you are on a pre-arranged hunting excursion, are very familiar with the laws and have the right permits.
This information is from The Arizona Daily Star, February 24, 1999. Neither the Star nor RimJournal is responsible for its accuracy.
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