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Box of grenades dropped at Mexican Gun buy-back program

February 25, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Box of grenades dropped at Mexican Gun buy-back program

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A routine gun buy-back conducted by state authorities in Coahuila took an interesting twist when a man brought a crate of seven grenades.

The gun buy-back was held at a plaza in the downtown area of the state capital of Saltillo, where officials offered cash and other incentives in exchange for weapons. In Mexico, the purchase and possession of weapons are heavily stringent and are controlled by the army.

Despite strict laws and regulations, drug cartels continue to have arsenals that compete with those of the military.

Gun buy-backs are typically held in border cities as a way to eliminate illegal firearms from the streets. Those who turn in weapons avoid prosecution on weapons charges, Breitbart Texas reported.

The event took an unprecedented turn when a man, whose identity has not been revealed, walked up to military and law enforcement officials with a box full of grenades. Mexican soldiers seized the weapons so they could be destroyed at a base.

According to Breitbart Texas, the explosive weapons can spread shrapnel up to 50 yards away.

The Coahuila government indicated that over the course of two years, authorities have been able to purchase more than 2,000 handguns, 1,050 rifles, and over 157 grenades–as well as other items such as ammunition and magazines.

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