Mexico City filed a lawsuit against large US arms manufacturers in federal court in Boston in the northeastern United States on Wednesday, Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said on Wednesday.
Posted on Aug 4, 2021 at 2:00 p.m.
The minister denounced an “illegal trade” on Mexican territory that “caused direct damage” to the country.
“We are convinced of the legal quality of our presentation, we will plead with the necessary seriousness. We will win this case and we will be able to drastically reduce the illegal arms trade in Mexico, ”added Ebrard at a press conference.
Companies indicted by Mexico include Smith & Wesson, Beretta, Colt, Glock, Century Arms, Ruger and Barrett, who are alleged to be in the Mexican lawsuit.
Mr Ebrard said there was no precedent for the Mexican government to enter into such a dispute in a US court and that the move would be endorsed by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.
The foreign minister said the lawsuit sought to have the manufacturers compensate the Mexican government for the damage caused by their “negligent practices”.
The complaint also calls for measures to “monitor and coordinate” arms manufacturers and dealers.
Mr Ebrard even accused American manufacturers of developing weapons specifically for Mexican drug dealers.
“That’s what these weapons are made for: to be bought. They have more value, they have a different aesthetic and are used differently, ”explained the Foreign Minister.
The illicit arms trade is at the heart of bilateral relations between Mexico and its American neighbor, the main market for the powerful drug cartels.
More than 17,000 murders in Mexico in 2019 involved the use of weapons illegally imported from the United States, according to the Mexican government.