Mexican Government Files Lawsuit Against US Gun Manufacturers

The Mexican government filed a lawsuit on Wednesday against US gun manufacturers for weapons making their way across the border and into the hands of cartels.

The government claims that the lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court in Boston, aims 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.”

“For decades, the government and its citizens have been victimized by a deadly flood of military-style and other particularly lethal guns that flows from the U.S. across the border,” the lawsuit reads, according to a report from the New York Times. The flood of weaponry is “the foreseeable result of the defendants’ deliberate actions and business practices.”

Smith & Wesson Brands, Inc.; Barrett Firearms Manufacturing, Inc.; Beretta U.S.A. Corp.; Colt’s Manufacturing Company LLC, and Glock Inc.; and Interstate Arms, a Boston-area wholesaler, are all listed in the lawsuit according to a report from the Associated Press.

Mexico claims that the companies all know that their weapons are being sold across the border — and claims that they facilitate it.

“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,” the AP report states.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation blasted the lawsuit, telling AP that Mexico should worry about the corruption happening in their own nation — and enforcing their own laws.

“These allegations are baseless. The Mexican government is responsible for the rampant crime and corruption within their own borders,” said Lawrence G. Keane, the group’s senior vice president and general counsel.

Keane pointed out that the Mexican government’s numbers are flawed, as only guns with serial numbers can be tracked and those are more likely to have come from the United States.

“Mexico’s criminal activity is a direct result of the illicit drug trade, human trafficking and organized crime cartels that plague Mexico’s citizens,” Keane said, adding that the Mexican government “is solely responsible for enforcing its laws — including the country’s strict gun control laws — within their own borders.”

Alejandro Celorio, legal advisor for the ministry, said during a press conference that they will be seeking at least $10 billion in compensation. He also claimed that they are not seeking to change American laws.

“We don’t do it to pressure the United States,” Celorio claimed. “We do it so there aren’t deaths in Mexico.”

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12 responses to “Mexican Government Files Lawsuit Against US Gun Manufacturers”

  1. nothexpert says:

    Well, I would say this is just diversion tactic. The Mexican government has been hemorrhaging money for over decade now through the national oil company PEMEX, but it has really picked up as of recent, and through their health care system.

    According to the Mexican constitution mineral rights are the property of the state and as such the revenues are hugely mismanaged. I would opine that the energy sector in Mexico is simply a massive money laundering scheme, but there is so much incompetence involved at every level I’m not sure if it’s stupidity or malicious, either way hundreds millions if not billions are “lost” every year and the new president has suspended all private investment in the oil industry, which was only recently approved in 2013.

    This is significant because Mexicans quality of health is as bad if not worse than ours, and they basically have universal health care through subsidies or write offs. PEMEX is a huge source of money that goes to social programs namely funding the health care system, which I have stated earlier hemorrhages money to the tune of millions or billions a year, depending on the price of oil. On top of the massive losses and a suspension of investment, which is essential in the energy sector for exploratory drilling, Mexico only has 6 oil refineries and has been increasingly relying on US imports for domestic consumption. For comparison the US has over 100 oil refineries, also not as large a population but a good way to keep the price of oil low. In other words, Mexico cannot extract nor refine enough oil to sell domestically nor can they reign in health care spending.

    Another glaring issue is Venezuela, who has struck multiple arms deals with Iran, Belarus, Russia and Syria. Belarus is more of a layer of security for Russia to evade sanctions as Syria is for Iran, either way Venezuela’s procurement of Russian weapons coupled with human and drug smuggling routes through Central America and up to the US creates doubt for US gun manufacturers. Brazil is a country with one of the highest rates of gun crimes in South America and this is directly attributable to Brazilian gangs buying guns imported through Venezuela at the lawless Tri-Border region where Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay meet. If Mexico is serious about stopping gun crime they’ll have to get their southern border under control, not the northern border.

  2. Enclyclo says:

    I know this is just a small point but the article is about the American companies S&W and Barret being sued but your artwork in the photo is of a German Walther PPK, not an American product. This is a minor framing issue however it is incongruent to the story. This minor issue detracts from the message in the article by visual thinkers.

  3. UppityG says:

    This is, como se dice, caca de toro. Mexico, close your northern border, enforce your own stricter than ours immigration laws, sell legal weapons at more locations than just the armory in Mexico City to your vulnerable and lawabiding citizens and watch your nation force multiply against the carteles, showing the spine you won’t against the drug bosses because they’ve paid you off or threatened you into inaction against them. No, you’re trying to get a big payday from some deep pockets and Xiden will happily scavenge the remains if you were allowed to prevail and turn his legacy into the biggest nail in America’s currently under construction coffin.

    My favorite performing artist and the greatest of all time, Placido Domingo, this year 80 years old, may he outlive us all, adopted Mexico as he second home nation, esp when he helped so many people after the 1985 double earthquake that ended up killing four of his extended family members, keeps his main home in Acapulco and so I don’t rage against Mexico as hard as I’d like to. I also have relatives there, so.

    BUT. Those allowances will quickly evaporate if Mexico continues to run such games on us. Shut your north border. Period.

  4. Shane8773 says:

    I cannot for the life of me understand why they would sue the US gun manufacturers for at least $10 billion, yet they are not asking for any laws to be changed? How does the Mexican government suppose that money will help stop this supposed issue?

  5. Feddy_Von_Wigglestein says:

    Shockingly childish. The US government is who they should be going after. And their own corruption.

  6. guitarocigaro says:

    Secure. The. Border. Don’t like guns coming into your country? Well we don’t like economic refugees coming over either. Fix your house before you decide to be the tool of erosion of our rights.

  7. IntegratedCrazy says:

    Is this the Biden admin way of stopping gun sales? Fuck Biden.

  8. smax7019 says:

    I can’t help but think they are colluding with the Biden administration in an attempted end-run around the Second Amendment. Like when they, Obama admin I believe, had plans to tax ammo at such a ridiculously high amount that it would’ve made using your guns impractical.

  9. preyingmathis says:

    Laughable, why not sue Barack Obama over “Fast and Furious” where our government sold guns to the Mexican cartels?

  10. Devilsgun says:

    Oh bitch, bitch, bitch Mexican Gov’t.
    You’re coddled up to the cartels and still acting like you’re fucking moral high grounders by denying your citizens recognition of their basic God-given Rights, and now you’re coming here to sue the companies that produce guns because of the cuckold Bumbles administration and its utter impotence at our border… Fucking bullshit.

    Get YOUR shit together and stop blaming the United States for your idiocy and pathetic failures, comprehensive? Putos