Mexican Government has sued United States gun manufacturers and distributors over claims that their negligent and illegal commercial practices contributed to the trafficking of guns and have unleashed tremendous bloodshed in Mexico.
Gatekeepers News reports that the lawsuit was filed in U.S federal court in Boston on Wednesday.
Those sued include; Smith & Wesson Brands, Barrett Firearms Manufacturing, Beretta USA, Colt’s Manufacturing Company LLC, and Glock.
Another defendant is Interstate Arms, a Boston-area wholesaler that sells guns from all but one of the named manufacturers to dealers around the US.
The Mexican government wants compensation for the havoc the guns have wrought in its country.
Mexican officials told reporters the lawsuit sought an estimated $10 billion.
“What’s the objective? That the companies in question compensate Mexico’s government for the damage caused by their negligent practices,” Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said at a news conference while reacting to the lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.
Ebrard said companies needed to put an immediate stop to their harmful practices, noting that the court would decide what damages should be paid.
Gatekeepers News reports that the National Shooting Sports Foundation Inc (NSSF) kicked against Mexico’s claims that U.S manufacturers were negligent in their business practices.
“The Mexican government is responsible for the rampant crime and corruption within their own borders,” Lawrence G. Keane, NSSF’s senior vice president, said in a statement.
He said cartels use guns taken illegally to Mexico or stolen from the Mexican military and law enforcement.