By THE PULSE NEWS MEXICO STAFF
The Mexican government said Wednesday, Aug. 4, that it will file a suit against several U.S.-based gun manufacturers, claiming that lax controls have led to a surge in the illegal flow of weapons across the border, The Washington Post reported.
“Nonetheless, they continue to prioritize their economic benefit, and use marketing strategies to promote weapons that are ever more lethal, without mechanisms of security or traceability,” the SRE statement said.
Among the companies named in the lawsuit are: Smith & Wesson Brands, Barrett Firearms Manufacturing, Beretta U.S.A. Corp, Glock, and Colt’s Manufacturing.
The lawsuit (the sum of which was not disclosed) also calls for the adoption of tighter controls on gun sales and security features.
However, as the Washington Post article pointed out, a U.S. federal law that took effect in 2005 shields gun manufacturers from most civil liability claims, which will make it difficult for Mexico’s lawsuit to proceed.