The ban on foreign agents carrying weapons in Mexico is about to disappear.
President Enrique Peña Nieto sent an initiative to the Senate that would reform the Federal Law on Firearms and Explosives and allow customs officials, bodyguards and immigration agents from foreign countries to carry firearms.
The proposal would allow foreign agents to carry weapons within national territory, and high-level visitors to enter the country with their own security people.
No one is naive enough to think there aren’t foreign agents (mostly from the U.S.) operating in Mexico (think D.E.A., F.B.I., C.I.A.) and that at times these agents are armed now, but given both the number and provenance of firearms used against the Mexican government (and unassuming citizens) and the very real interest of the United States in preventing any real social or political change in this country outside the interests of the United States, how wise it is to openly acknowledge the “right” of foreign agents to port arms is not something I would the Senate to ignore.