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Busch Apologizes for Gun Law Infractions During Mexico Visit

08 February 2023, Wednesday
NASCAR star Kyle Busch recently admitted to an incident of his firearm and ammunition being discovered in his luggage in a Mexican airport, referring to it as a mistake. He has since been sentenced to 3 and a half years of jail time, along with a $1,000 fine, by the judge in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo. Cancun and Tulum are amongst the beach destination cities located in this region.

The federal attorney general's office revealed the judge made the decision to offer Busch a conditional punishment, allowing him to leave Mexico after he posted a bond. They did not elaborate on the exact amount of the bond.

Two-time NASCAR champion and the leading active driver in the Cup Series, Busch, addressed the issue in a post on Monday. He stated he holds a legitimate concealed carry permit from the relevant local authority and always complies with handgun laws, however he had simply forgotten the weapon was in his bag.

Busch stated that it was an error on his part and he did not realize the Mexican law when he brought a handgun into the country, for which he was detained until the incident was cleared up. He went on to say that he was compliant and complied with the authorities and returned to North Carolina. Busch expressed regret for his misjudgment and expressed gratitude for the respectfulness of the involved parties when resolving the matter. He concluded that himself and his family saw the issue as closed.

NASCAR revealed Tuesday that Kyle Busch had reported an incident involving a gun at his home to the sanctioning body, but is not facing any consequences. Busch recently moved from Joe Gibbs Racing to Richard Childress Racing and had a successful debut in the preseason exhibition at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Sunday, finishing third.

Team owner Richard Childress, a prominent NRA member and ardent hunter, was apparently unaffected by Busch's incident.

On Jan. 27, the National Guard arrested Busch after he attempted to leave from the Cancun International Airport. Authorities found a .380 caliber pistol with six hollow-point bullets in his luggage during the scan for private aircraft. On Jan. 29, the court ruled the arrest was legal and Busch was sentenced on Feb. 3. Afterwards, the judge will schedule a hearing to set the terms of the conditional punishment and where Busch will pay the fine, which may potentially spare him from further jail time.

In August, the Busch family were present at the Mall of America in Minneapolis when shots were fired. Fortunately, they managed to leave the area unharmed.

Mexico's constitution guarantees citizens the right to own handguns and hunting rifles for self-defense and sport. Nevertheless, there are strict administrative requirements needed to obtain a legally registered firearm, and the military is the only authorized seller. Despite this, Mexico has a high rate of illegal firearms, most of which were acquired from the United States and smuggled into Mexico.
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