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There are basicly three sources of weapons for the Mexican Drug Cartels.
The largest is military weapons stolen from Mexican government arsenals, both military and police, by bribes, corruption, and force. Think M-16s as the weapons obtained.
The second is by military weapons such as AK-47s bought in third world countries in wholesale quanties and flown in by smuggler aircraft. The wholesale price of AK47 in thrid world countries is about $50. This is much cheaper than the $600 or so retail such weapons cost at gun stores in the US. Even with the cost of smuggling these whole sale weapons into Mexico, the cost is in the range of $100 per AK-47
The third, and smallest source, is by straw buyers in the US, who then smuggle them into Mexico. Any weapons sold in the US can be capable of semi automatic fire only and not fully automatic fire. Having done quite a bit of gunsmithing, and knowing many professional gun smiths, I can assure you it is impossible to convert a military type semi automatic weapon to fully automatic without the services of a very advanced machine shop. The wapons sold in the US are deliberately designed so they cannot be converted. If they are foreign made weapons they cannot be imported into the US if they can be easily converted full automatic fire. I have 60 years experience in shooting, competition shooting, and combat shooting, both in and out of the military, 8 months ago