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Mexico sues US gun companies

Date: 07 August 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous

Issue

The government of Mexico is suing 10 US gun companies for boosting the drug conflict in their country, leading to loss of lives.

 

Background

The Mexican government is demanding $10 billion in compensation from companies including Barrett Firearms for giving cartels easy access to firearms.

 

Details

  • The government says that lethal military grade guns and associated weapons are easily flowing into its territory due to business policies of gun companies.

  • The action has been initiated in Massachusetts State and marks the first instance of a foreign government suing US gun makers through US judicial system.

 

Reasons for suing

  • Mexico says that US companies are allowing guns to flow across the border even though it knows the consequence.

  • Mexico currently has strict domestic gun laws but is unable to control them due to smuggling of guns from US.

  • Mexican drug cartels use US citizens with clean criminal record to buy weapons in US and later smuggle them illegally to Mexico.

  • The majority of guns confiscated in Mexico have US links. The Mexican government says that gun companies are deliberately promoting this.

 

Significance of lawsuit

  • Demanding compensation from gun manufacturers by foreign government is a new move as US federal law prevents victims of gun violence from suing gun makers.

  • There is also no clear evidence to link gun manufacturers with violence as distributors may be involved in illegal business.

 

Gun misuse

  • Many reformists have been demanding the government to tighten gun laws to prevent misuse. US has one of the highest homicide rates due to gun violence.

  • There is also an appeal from the president to remove the federal law that gives immunity to gun manufacturers from lawsuits.