U.S. armories reject Mexico’s lawsuit for facilitating arms trafficking

Manufacturers of weapons as Smith & Wesson (SWBI.O) and Sturm, Ruger & Co (RGR.N) on Monday asked a USA to dismiss a lawsuit from mexican government who accuses them of facilitating the arms trafficking to the drug cartels, causing thousands of deaths.

The gun manufacturers in a brief told a federal judge in Boston that Mexico was seeking through its $ 10 billion lawsuit to punish them for firearms sales “that are not only legal but constitutionally protected in the United States.”

The companies, which also include Beretta USA, Barrett Firearms Manufacturing, Colt’s Manufacturing Co, and Glock Inc, argued that Mexico was trying to use US courts to circumvent a diplomatic dispute with the United States, but did not have the ability to sue them.

Mexico urges an end to arms trafficking from the US

US armories reject Mexican demand for facilitating arms trafficking.

The Truth News reports that successive Mexican governments have urged the United States to end the illicit trafficking of US firearms into Mexico.

“Ultimately, this case implies a clash of national values,” argued the arms companies. “While the United States recognizes the right to own and bear arms, Mexico has practically eliminated private gun ownership.”

Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard, during a United Nations Security Council meeting on small arms on Monday, called the country’s decision to file the unusual lawsuit in August “a matter of principle and a moral obligation.” Along these lines, Marcelo Ebrard requested support from the UN to combat arms trafficking.

The lawsuit alleged that the companies undermined Mexico’s strict gun laws by designing, marketing and distributing military-style assault weapons in ways they knew would arm the drug cartels, fueling assassinations, extortion and kidnappings.

How many weapons are trafficked from the United States to Mexico?

US armories reject Mexican demand for facilitating arms trafficking.

Mexico’s lawsuit of US companies for facilitating illegal arms trafficking says that more than 500,000 weapons are trafficked annually from the United States to Mexico, of which more than 68% are made by the manufacturers it sued.

The companies argued that Mexico could not establish that their damages were attributable to them and that a US law, the Law for the Protection of Legal Trade in Arms, protected arms manufacturers from lawsuits for the improper use of their products.

While the companies said that Mexico believed that the law does not apply to their claims, “the simple text of the statute excludes that theory.” Mexico’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement that it would respond to the companies’ arguments on January 31.

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