Thursday, February 2

What happened to Mexico’s lawsuit against arms manufacturers in the US?

The Secretary of Foreign Relations (SRE), Marcelo Ebrard, assured this Saturday that Mexico can win the lawsuit filed against 11 companies that manufacture weapons in the United States.

“Why are we doing this? Because we think we can win the case and have an impact on reducing the traffic -of weapons- to Mexico,” he said.

During a virtual meeting with the parliamentary group of Brunette in the Senate, the foreign minister stressed that one of the country’s priorities is to reduce violence, therefore, illegal arms trafficking with the North American country must be combated.

For this reason, Ebrard disclosed that U.S He accepted that Mexico send up to 20 or 23 agents to concentrate on that issue.

“I must also add that the US accepted that Mexico send up to 20 or 23 agents who are going to concentrate on the issue of weapons, that is, approve the principle of reciprocity, the Foreign Ministry is already working,” he said.

Last year, the US arms industry denied that there were “negligent business practices” in Mexican territory. Given this, External relationships He replied that he is not against arms trafficking and the only thing he is looking for is a responsible trade.

“This lawsuit is not against the arms trade, but seeks a responsible trade where, if the defendant companies were truly governed by the law, they would have stricter business practices,” the federal agency said on that occasion.

In addition, the SRE assured that it will prove before the US Court that the companies sued by the Mexican government engage in illicit and negligent practices.

He even recalled that almost all the weapons recovered at crime scenes in Mexico – between 70 and 90 percent of them – were trafficked from the neighboring country.

The complaint filed is against six arms manufacturers in the United States: Smith & Wesson, Beretta, Century Arms, Colt, Glock y Ruger. Another manufacturer is Barrett, “whose .50-caliber sniper rifle is a prized weapon of war for drug cartels.”

“The Defendants produce more than 68 percent of those trafficked weapons of U.S. origin, meaning that they annually sell more than 340,000 weapons, which flow from their plants in Massachusetts and other U.S. states to criminals south of the border.” , He said.