Just after 5 a.m. on Wednesday, deputies with the Troup County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to FMJ Armory in LaGrange, regarding a burglar alarm activation. Seven minutes later, when deputies arrived, they discovered a large hole in the side of the building "where it appeared a vehicle had rammed through the wall," Sgt. Stewart Smith said. Smith said the unidentified group entered the building after driving the truck through the wall and began smashing cases,
"taking an undetermined number of handguns and rifles and fleeing the location in the stolen truck."
The only gun shop in all of Mexico is behind a fortress-like wall on a heavily guarded military base. To enter the Directorate of Arms and Munitions Sales, customers must undergo months of background checks — six documents are required — and then be frisked by uniformed soldiers. The army-run store on the outskirts of Mexico City embodies the country’s cautious approach to firearms, and a visit here illustrates the dramatically different ways two neighboring countries view guns, legally and culturally.