Mexico Filed a Lawsuit Against Firearms Manufacturers

Mexico filed a lawsuit against several American firearms manufacturers: Smith & Wesson, Glock, Barrett Firearms, Colt, Sturm Ruger, and Beretta, as well as Boston’s Interstate Arms. The lawsuit alleges that the manufacturers know by their creation of “military grade weapons” that the guns will end up in the hands of the drug cartels.

Mexico filed

Mexico filed lawsuit – looking for money or political gain?

The Mexican government argues that the companies know that their practices contribute to the trafficking of guns to Mexico and facilitate it. Mexico wants compensation for the havoc the guns have wrought in its country.

The Mexican government “brings this action to put an end to the massive damage that the Defendants cause by actively facilitating the unlawful trafficking of their guns to drug cartels and other criminals in Mexico,” the lawsuit said.

The government estimates that 70% of the weapons trafficked to Mexico come from the U.S., according to the Foreign Affairs Ministry. And that in 2019 alone, at least 17,000 homicides were linked to trafficked weapons.

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Mexico filed a lawsuit that reeks of gun grabbers arguments

Mexico claims it is not looking to ‘change American laws’ which is an erroneous statement. It’s obvious that’s exactly what they are attempting to do. Blaming the United States for their own incompetence in dealing with the drug cartels is plain nuts. The Mexican government hopes to collect at least $10 Billion in compensation. The complaint itself borrows arguments from liberal gun grabbers in the Untied States (gee, wonder where they got the idea). Some of the arguments they are using are textbook ones from groups like Everytown and Brady.

Defendants exacerbate their refusal to monitor and discipline their distribution systems by designing military-style assault weapons and marketing them in ways that attract and arm ruthless transnational criminal organizations like the drug cartels.

Defendant Barrett manufactures a .50 caliber sniper rifle that can shoot down helicopters and penetrate lightly armored vehicles and bullet-proof glass. It has become one of the cartels’ guns of choice. Barrett markets its sniper rifle as a weapon of war (“with confirmed hits out to 1800 meters, the Barrett model 82A1 is battle proven”), but nevertheless sells it to the general public without restriction. Barrett knows that its dealers sell these military guns to traffickers, often in bulk, to arm the cartels that use them to battle Mexican military and police who are trying to stop the drug trade.

Defendant Century Arms imports into the U.S. from Romania a version of the AK-47 assault rifle, which it modifies to try to evade U.S. import restrictions on assault weapons, and then sells them into the “civilian” market. Century Arms has long known that its WASR assault rifles are among the cartels’ favorites.

Century Arms and the other Manufacturer Defendants specifically design their semi-automatic rifles for the battlefield rather than for sport, and make them easily convertible into fully automatic machine guns. Defendants are well aware that the drug cartels in fact routinely convert Defendants’ assault rifles to fire automatically, with devastating effect in Mexico.

Excerpt from Mexican complaint

The Mexico filed lawsuit has everything to do with the Second Amendment

Mexico’s government openly says they will not declare war on the cartels. Now they seek to blame the United States for their own lack of action. At this point in time, the US does not have a strong leader who will stand up to this lawsuit.

Likewise, this case has nothing to do with the Second Amendment right of law abiding, responsible U.S. citizens to keep and bear arms within the U.S. This case involves Defendants’ supplying their guns to law-breaking Mexican nationals and others in Mexico. The cartels have no Second Amendment rights, and the Defendants have no right to supply them.

From the complaint

So think about the consequences of their lawsuit, should judges who hate the Second Amendment go along with it: it would require more and more appeals, more money spent, and getting it to the Supreme Court is always a crap shoot. If not appealed, $10 Billion would cripple the ability of firearms manufacturers to produce their guns for us ”law abiding, responsible U.S. citizens.” So, absolutely they are trying to change American laws.

The Mexican president won’t declare war on the drug cartels, but instead he’s declaring war on U.S. firearms manufacturers. It would be nice if we had an administration that would push back, perhaps with sanctions on the country for failing to stop the cartels from exporting drugs to the United States, but with Biden in the White House its far more likely that the administration will end up rooting for the Mexican government to see success in our federal courts.

Cam Edwards, Bearing Arms

H/T Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children


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