Mexico sues US gun manufacturers over arms trafficking

The Mexican government has sued some of the biggest US gun manufacturers, accusing them of fueling bloodshed through reckless business practices.

The lawsuit alleges that the companies knew they were contributing to illegal arms trafficking, which has been linked to many deaths.

Officials say Mexico is seeking as much $10 billion in compensation, though any amount would be decided by the court.

The companies have not yet commented.

They include Smith & Wesson and Barrett Firearms, among others.

Mexico filed the lawsuit on Wednesday in the US state of Massachusetts.

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

The gun manufacturers “are conscious of the fact that their products are trafficked and used in illicit activities against the civilian population and authorities of Mexico”, said the Foreign Ministry, in a document related to the lawsuit.

Mexico said the companies had used “marketing strategies to promote weapons that are ever more lethal, without mechanisms of security or traceability”.

The Mexican government estimates that some 70% of weapons trafficked to the country come from the US. In 2019 alone, more than 17,000 murders in Mexico were linked to trafficked weapons.

One official said the damage caused by trafficked guns would be equal to around 1.7% of Mexico’s gross domestic product (GDP).

Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said: “We are going to win the trial and we are going to drastically reduce illicit arms trafficking to Mexico.”

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