Federal raid of NM gun shop netted 1,200 firearms

September 18, 2011 • State News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Federal authorities seized more than 1,200 firearms and nearly 2 million rounds [auth] of ammunition when they raided a family-run gun shop in New Mexico last month.

The raid was part of a multi-agency investigation into illegal gun sales and smuggling.

The Albuquerque Journal ( says the tally of weapons seized was laid out in search warrant documents filed this week in federal court in Santa Fe.

The warrants were executed on the gun shop owner’s home and shop south of Deming in late August.

Affidavits for the warrants also describe conversations in which confidential informants say the weapons being bought were headed to Mexico for use in the drug wars.

The gun shop owner, his wife and one of their sons still remain in federal custody.

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