Mexico Applications for Gun Permits Up 40%

  • El Diario de Juarez reports that Mexicans are applying in greater numbers for legal gun permits. Applications have increased by more than 40 percent since 2007, the military says. Mexico has some of the strictest gun control laws in the hemisphere.
  • Residents of a town in the state of Michoacan have armed themselves to fight the Mexican criminal syndicate, the Familia Michoacana, El Universal reports. The Familia is already reeling from a series blows, including the death of it leader, who was killed in fighting with the government in December.
  • Eight municipalities in just six states in Mexico account for nearly 40 percent of the total murders related to organized crime, El Informador reports. The concentration of the fatalities contradicts the widespread perception of massive violence throughout the country.
  • U.S. Homeland Security Secretary, Janet Napolitano, is visiting the border city of El Paso to speak at the University of Texas El Paso, El Paso Times says. El Paso, one of the safest cities in the U.S., borders Ciudad Juarez, one of the most violent cities in the world.