Mexican Foreign Relations Secretary Marcelo Ebrard. Photo: Google

By THE PULSE NEWS MEXICO STAFF

Mexican Foreign Relations (SRE) Secretary Marcelo Ebrard said Monday, Nov. 22, that he is ready to “go to battle” with the 11 U.S. arms manufacturers that Mexico is suing for the surge in violent crime.

“The real battle begins now,” Ebrard said during a speech at the United Nations Security Council, in response to their request for a U.S. judge to dismiss the $10 billion lawsuit that accuses them of facilitating arms trafficking to drug cartels, thus leading to thousands of deaths.

In a formal brief on Monday, Nov. 22, the 11 gun manufacturers — which include Smith & Wesson, Colt’s Manufacturing and Glock — told a federal judge in Boston that Mexico was sonly trying to punish them for the sales of firearms “that are not only lawful, but constitutionally protected in the United States.”

Mexico has said that more than 500,000 guns are trafficked annually from the United States to Mexico, of which more than 68 percent are produced by the manufacturers it is suing.

However, the arms companies have maintained that Mexico has failed to show that the high incidence of gun violence in the country can be attributed directly to them and that the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act  protects manufactures from lawsuits over their products’ misuse.

The companies also pointed out that Mexico’s lawsuit, filed on Aug. 4, violates U.S. law, which specifies that deaths associated with foreign weapons are not traceable and that the companies do not have a legal obligation to protect the country from Mexican criminals.

The lawsuit was filed by Mexico on Aug. 4 in Federal Court in Boston, United States.

“This response is nothing that the Foreign Secretariat did not see coming, nor is it insurmountable,” Ebrard later said on Twitter. “The real battle begins now.”

Ebrard also said that the Mexican government is ready to pursue its case against the gunmakers.

Mexico has until Jan. 31, 2022, to respond to these defenses, he noted.

Ebrard also said that despite the allegations by the arms companies, Mexico will formally present a brief to the court countering their claims, and “in no way will this case be litigated in the media.”

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