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Mexico: Mexico begins appeal of lawsuit against US gun makers – Usky News

Mexico CITY: Mexico has filed an appeal in a civil lawsuit against US-based gun makers, it said on Wednesday, as it looks to crack down on arms trafficking to powerful drug cartels.
A US judge in September dismissed a $10 billion lawsuit seeking to hold US gun makers responsible for facilitating the smuggling of lethal weapons across the border.
In a statement, the government said, “A favorable decision in the Court of Appeals will allow the government to prove its case on the merits – that the gun manufacturers’ marketing and distribution practices actively facilitated the smuggling of their guns into Mexico.” amount to make.”
“There is a link between companies’ reckless practices and arms trafficking that leads to violence in Mexico, as well as other crimes such as human trafficking and drug trafficking.”
The issue of gun violence in Mexico has drawn new scrutiny on both sides of the border in recent days following the kidnapping of four Americans linked to a cartel in the northern state of Mexico. tamaulipasduring which two of them and a Mexican spectator were killed.
Government’s appeal is on target Blacksmith And Wesson Brands Inc and Sturm, Ruger and Co, as well as Barrett Firearms Manufacturing Inc, Beretta USA Corp, Colt’s Manufacturing Co, Century International Arms Inc, Witmer Public Safety Group Inc and pistol-maker Glock Inc.
Reuters contacted all the companies but none immediately responded to a request for comment.
Mexico is not the only country in the region plagued by gun violence.
Caribbean leaders discussed tougher measures at a summit last month to stop US-made weapons being smuggled into Haiti, where gangs are fueling a humanitarian crisis.


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