Mexico Crosses the Line to Sue American Gun Manufacturers

In a federal court in Arizona, the Mexican government filed a lawsuit against five American gun dealers, alleging the companies are illegally involved in the trafficking of weapons for the country’s drug gangs.

Second Lawsuit

The court filing emerges after a federal court in Massachusetts dismissed a $10 billion claim made by Mexico against arms manufacturers, such as Smith & Wesson, on September 30.

Mexico claimed U.S. businesses knowingly diminished the country’s strict gun laws by producing “military-style assault weapons” obtained by drug traffickers and lawbreakers.

Mexico is contesting the dismissal of a previous failed lawsuit against US gunmakers, according to Epoch Times.

Critics assert Mexico is abusing U.S. law in an effort to weaken the American defense industry, as well as the Second Amendment rights that Americans cherish.

According to the statement, the case “is a component of a broad plan to stop the flow of guns into Mexico, especially assault rifles, which outfit criminal organizations and cause carnage in the nation.”

The five establishments targeted are “amongst Arizona dealers whose firearms are most often seized in Mexico,” according to Mexico.

The court complaint claims, “defendants prefer selling guns using careless and illegal practices, knowing the foreseeability, indeed, near certainty, they are so aiding in the cause of lethal cartel violence over the border.”

“Defendants commit these careless and illegal acts because they profit from them. The goal of this case is to hold them responsible and force them to cease.”

The action “in no way affects the constitutional right of U.S. citizens to possess arms, nor the right of retailers to sell their merchandise ethically and legitimately,” according to a release from Mexico.

The case deals with a problem that affects residents in both nations who utilize illegal firearms.

The dealers, according to Mexico, “do not conform with necessary precautions.”

Mexico says they “create predictable devastation, use deceptive and tendentious marketing, sell guns that are converted into firearms, disturb civil order, and breach both state and federal laws, causing massive damage in Mexico.”

The legal team for Mexico includes Jonathan Lowy of the American organization Global Action on Gun Violence. He held positions for the Brady Campaign, another anti-gun organization.

According to a Politico article from October 17, Global Action submitted paperwork to the U.S. Department of Justice to qualify as Mexican agents under the Foreign Agents Registration Act.

Politico requested information about the group’s funding, but Lowy refused.

“Misdirected” Legal Actions

The National Shooting Sports Foundation’s senior vice president and general counsel, Larry Keane, said earlier this month that Mexico’s legal actions against the American firearms industry were “misdirected and false.”

He argued licensed gun manufacturers and dealers in the US shouldn’t really be held accountable “for Mexico’s refusal and incapacity to prosecute Mexican drug gangs in Mexican courts.”

This article appeared in Conservative Cardinal and has been published here with permission.