NASCAR Star Gets 3-Year Sentence in Mexican Prison for Gun Charge

Kyle Busch, one of the most recognizable names in Nascar was handed down a three-and-a-half-year sentence from a Mexican court for bringing a gun into the country. Don’t expect Busch to be reporting to a Mexican prison, however. Check this out.

On Friday, the attorney general of Quintana Roo, the Mexican state where popular tourist destinations like Cancún and Playa del Carmen are located, announced that 37-year-old NASCAR star Kyle Busch had been sentenced to three and a half years in prison after he was found to be “carrying a firearm without a license.”

Busch, identified in the press release only as “Kyle ‘N'” or “Kyle Thomas B,” had accidentally run afoul of the Mexican law last month when he and his wife, Samantha, were on vacation, and Busch claimed he forgot that he had left a gun in his handbag. When the Busches arrived at Cancún International Airport on January 27 to hop on a private plane back to the States, authorities discovered in his belongings a .380 caliber “pistol-type firearm” with a stocked magazine containing “six useful hollow point cartridges,” the press release stated.

I couldn’t imagine going to Mexico and NOT needing a personal firearm, but not knowing their laws isn’t an excuse. Unlike America under Joe Biden, if you break the law in a foreign country, you are probably going to go to jail. Just ask Brittney Griner. Busch simply had the gun in his luggage, and was not arrested brandishing it or defending himself or his wife from criminals. Busch was detained until things were sorted out, then boarded his private plane and came back to the States. Days later the case was expedited, and the fine and jail time were handed down, though it appears Busch has no intention of reporting.

Because of an “expedited procedure,” Busch’s case was soon afterward placed before a “Control judge,” and that judge issued Busch the prison sentence and a fine of just over $1,000. The press release claimed that Busch “was credited with his full responsibility in the commission of the crime,” and a statement released on Busch’s Twitter account seems to confirm his admitted guilt.

Discovery of the handgun led to my detainment while the issue was resolved,” Busch said in a statement issued on Monday. “I was not aware of Mexican law and had no intention of bringing a handgun into Mexico.”

Busch elsewhere stated that he has “a valid concealed carry permit” and that he adheres “to all handgun laws” in general.

“I apologize for my mistake and appreciate the respect shown by all parties as we resolved the matter,” Busch’s statement said.

“My family and I consider this issue closed,” Busch’s statement concluded.

Kyle Busch and his team consider the matter closed and won’t serve the three-and-a-half-year sentence. And why would he? Even if he had carried the gun there in an effort to protect himself and his family, have you seen Mexico lately? It is a war zone, and an American celebrity like Busch would have been a prime target for the cartel. Even if Mexico demanded Busch serve his term, he would likely tell them to get bent and come and get him. Who is going to turn themselves in willingly to a Mexican prison? He certainly wouldn’t be able to count on Joe Biden to get him out. Nope, Mexico can want in one hand and you-know-what in the other. Kyle Busch will probably be vacationing in Florida next time. It’s nicer anyway.


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