Mexico Sues U.S. Gunmakers Over Flow of Weapons Across Border

The Mexican government has filed a lawsuit on Aug. 4  against several gunmakers in the United States over the flow of weapons across the border that allegedly supplies criminal activity.

In the complaint filed in a federal court in Boston, Massachusetts, the Mexican government has accused the gunmakers of “deliberate” negligent business practices that contribute to illegal gun trafficking to drug cartels and other criminals, causing “massive damage” to the country.

The gunmakers named in the suit include major brands Colt’s Manufacturing Company, Glock, and Smith & Wesson.

Mexico alleges that the gunmakers knowingly market, distribute, and sell guns to Mexican criminals, noting that the military-style weapons are routinely used in cartel gunfights and terror attacks on civilians.

The lawsuit also cited Colt’s special edition .38 pistol that has an engraved image of Mexican revolutionary Emiliano Zapata, which was used in the 2017 murder of journalist Miroslava Breach.

Mexico also alleges in the lawsuit that the illegal trafficking of weapons from the U.S. has partly increased high homicide rates in Mexico in recent years.

Mexico further says that the gun manufacturers produce over 68% of over half a million guns annually smuggled across the border, amounting to over 340,000 guns sold and smuggled annually, according to the lawsuit.

According to reports, Mexico is seeking $10 billion in damages to cover the costs of deaths and injuries to Mexican police, military, and social services personnel and to victims of gun violence and their families.

The compensation would also be used to strengthen Mexican law enforcement.

Mexico also demands better safety features on guns, tighter controls on sales, and programs focused on preventing illegal gun trafficking, according to the lawsuit.

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