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Federal Judge Tosses Mexico's Suit Against U.S. Gun Makers

A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit by the Mexican government against U.S. gun manufacturers, arguing their commercial practices has led to bloodshed in Mexico. Judge F. Dennis Saylor in Boston ruled Mexico’s claims did not overcome the broad protection provided to gun manufacturers by the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act passed in 2005, the Associated Press reports. The law shields gun manufacturers from damages “resulting from the criminal or unlawful misuse” of a firearm. “While the court has considerable sympathy for the people of Mexico, and none whatsoever for those who traffic guns to Mexican criminal organizations, it is duty-bound to follow the law,” Saylor wrote.


Mexico’s Foreign Affairs Ministry said it would appeal the decision “and continue insisting that the sale of guns be responsible, transparent and accountable, and that the negligent way in which they are sold in the United States facilitates criminals’ access to them.” Mexico was seeking $10 billion in compensation, but legal experts had viewed the lawsuit as a long shot. The Mexican government argued that the companies know their practices contribute to the trafficking of guns into Mexico and facilitate it. Mexico wants compensation for the havoc the guns have wrought. The Mexican government estimates 70 percent of weapons trafficked into Mexico come from the U.S. In 2019, at least 17,000 homicides in Mexico were linked to trafficked weapons.

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