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Mexico Can Sue US Gunmakers

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Post by BisbeeGal Wed Jan 24, 2024 7:37 am

This industry has enjoyed immunity in the US from lawsuits, thanks to laws protecting them.

But Mexico won an appeal in US Federal Court and got a green light to resume their lawsuit against several manufacturers. Whether Mexico will succeed in its case remains unknown.

https://www.msnbc.com/deadline-white-house/deadline-legal-blog/mexico-lawsuit-gun-manufacturers-rcna135227


The appeals court noted that Mexico has strict gun laws but that gun violence increased there after the U.S. ended its assault weapon ban in 2004. Mexico’s complaint — against seven manufacturers and one distributor — details “a steady and growing stream of illegal gun trafficking from the United States into Mexico, motivated in large part by the demand of the Mexican drug cartels for military-style weapons,” the ruling observed. In turn, Mexico says it has suffered increased costs for medical, mental health and other services for victims and their families; increased costs for law enforcement and its judicial system; and diminished property values and business revenues.

The three-judge panel ruling, written by Barack Obama appointee William Kayatta, concluded that Mexico’s complaint “adequately alleges that defendants aided and abetted the knowingly unlawful downstream trafficking of their guns into Mexico.” Yet the landmark decision doesn’t end the matter, even if it’s upheld on any further appeal by the manufacturers. Monday’s ruling points out that whether Mexico can prove its allegations at a potential trial “remains to be seen.”
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Post by ferret Wed Jan 24, 2024 8:02 am

As long as gun manufacturers keep making assault weapons, there will be someone, somewhere who will provide access to those that want them. Or that someone will steal them from the military. The above ruling is a drop in the bucket but, at least, it's a start.
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Post by mudgirl Wed Jan 24, 2024 10:46 am

It's about time. Whether they will be successful is doubtful, but at least it brings the issue into the light. The US State Dept. has been portraying Mexico as a dangerous place for a long time, without ever acknowledging that the cartels get their weapons from the US. How much of the GDP is generated by gun sales?

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