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U.S. gun makers say Mexico's lawsuit represents 'clash of national values'

Stock MarketsNov 22, 2021 08:36PM ET
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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard holds documents during a news conference to announce that Mexico sued several gun makers in a U.S. federal court, accusing them of negligent business practices that generated illegal arms trafficking whi

By Nate Raymond

BOSTON (Reuters) -Gun makers including Smith & Wesson and Sturm, Ruger & Co on Monday asked a U.S. judge to dismiss a lawsuit by the Mexican government accusing them of facilitating the trafficking of weapons to drug cartels, leading to thousands of deaths.

The gun manufacturers in a brief https://tmsnrt.rs/3FE0DaS told a federal judge in Boston that Mexico was seeking through its $10 billion lawsuit to punish them for sales of firearms "that are not only lawful but constitutionally protected in the United States."

The companies, who also include Beretta USA, Barrett Firearms Manufacturing, Colt's Manufacturing Co and Glock Inc argued Mexico was trying to use U.S. courts to circumvent a diplomatic dispute with the United States yet lacked the ability to sue them.

Successive Mexican governments have urged the United States to put a stop to the illicit trafficking of U.S. firearms into Mexico.

"At bottom, this case implicates a clash of national values," the companies argued. "Whereas the United States recognizes the right to keep and bear arms, Mexico has all but eliminated private gun ownership."

Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard during a United Nations Security Council meeting on small arms on Monday called the country's decision to file the unusual lawsuit in August "a question of principle and a moral obligation."

The lawsuit claimed https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/mexico-sues-several-weapons-manufacturers-us-court-2021-08-04 the companies undermined Mexico's strict gun laws by designing, marketing and distributing military-style assault weapons in ways they knew would arm drug cartels, fueling murders, extortions and kidnappings.

Mexico's lawsuit said over 500,000 guns are trafficked annually from the United States into Mexico, of which more than 68% are made by the manufacturers it sued.

The companies argued Mexico failed to establish its harms were attributable to them and that a U.S. law, the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, protected gun manufactures from lawsuits over their products' misuse.

While the companies said Mexico believed the law does not apply to its claims, "the plain text of the statute forecloses that theory."

Mexico's foreign ministry said in a statement it would respond to the companies' arguments on Jan. 31.

U.S. gun makers say Mexico's lawsuit represents 'clash of national values'
 

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Felipe Daniel
Felipe Daniel Nov 22, 2021 11:21PM ET
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The cartels are armed to the teeth thanks to Biden open border policies.
Tony Hall
Tony Hall Nov 22, 2021 9:27PM ET
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So instead of going after the people who are trafficing the guns they choose to go after the manufactures who build the guns in a lawful country. I wonder if if the U.S. can sue Mexico for all the unlawful drugs that come into the country. The irony is, with the way the court systems are today they just might win.
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Felipe Daniel Nov 22, 2021 8:49PM ET
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Mexican president is part of Sinaloa Cartel. He said he will fight cartels with hugs (abrazos no balazos). Mexico is narco land thanks to Obrador and Biden open border policies.
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John Laurens Nov 22, 2021 8:35PM ET
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OR! close the border to disallow guns from going South! Thats a really good option that Mexico should consider!
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What a joke. They should take the bandito's guns away if they don't want them to have them..
 
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