US Judge Weighs Throwing out Mexico’s Suit against Gun Makers

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A U.S. judge in Boston, Massachusetts, on Tuesday, April 12, considered dismissing  Mexico’s $10 billion lawsuit against U.S. gun manufacturers, warning that it opened the door for potential suits from other nations, including Russia over arms used by Ukrainians in the current war.

In August of last year, the Mexican government filed the suit against several major gun manufacturers for producing firearms the end up in Mexico and are used by drug cartels to kill civilians. The suit was filed in a federal court in Boston since some of the manufacturers are headquartered in Massachusetts.

According to Mexican authorities, in the last decade, some 2.5 million U.S.-made firearms have entered the country illegally.

The lawsuit is based on the premise that the U.S. arms manufacturers “are conscious of the fact that their products are trafficked and used in illicit activities against the civilian population and authorities of Mexico,” according to a document from Mexico’s Foreign Relations Secretariat (SRE).

“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 judge’s decision as to whether to dismiss the case could take several weeks.

Moreover, a U.S. federal law that took effect in 2005 shields gun manufacturers from most civil liability claims, which could make it difficult for Mexico’s lawsuit to proceed.