14 Democratic Attorney Generals support the Mexican government in a proceeding against an American firearms maker.
Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healy, along with 13 other Attorney Generals (all Democrats), in Mexico v Smith & Wesson on January 31, is a federal law to protect legal commerce (PLCAA). Was used to prohibit gun manufacturers and distributors from being sued under state consumer law.
“We urge the court to acknowledge that gun dealers, manufacturers, and distributors may be held liable under state law for how products are sold and sold,” Healy said. It states as follows. statement..
In the case of Mexico vs. Smith & Wesson in the Massachusetts Federal District Court, the Mexican government has nominated firearm makers as Smith & Wesson, Beretta, Century Arms, Colt, Glock, Ruger, and Barrett.
Interstate Arms, a Boston-based arms wholesaler, has also been nominated as a defendant.
Mexico argued that the smuggling of guns from the United States to Mexico was not a “natural phenomenon” but a weapons manufacturer’s fault.
“The defendant designs, sells, distributes and sells guns in a way that is known to routinely arm drug cartels in Mexico,” the Mexican government claimed.
Defendants argued against the Mexican government in a joint motion to dismiss, saying they did not help smuggle firearms into Mexico.
They also said they could not sue them for the protection provided by PLCAA.
Mexico opposed both arguments, saying PLCAA did not prohibit foreign governments from suing US firearm makers.
The trafficking of firearms from the United States to Mexico by Mexican drug cartels and other cross-border organized crime groups has long been a problem at the southern border, as Mexican law severely restricts possession of guns. It has become.
According to the Mexican government, about 70-90% of guns recovered at Mexican crime scenes were trafficked from the United States.
In January, six people were charged in the US District Court in Los Angeles for providing a powerful firearm and more than 250,000 rifle bullets to a Mexican drug cartel.
The suspect allegedly obtained firearms in Oregon and Nevada and smuggled them into Mexico.
They also reportedly obtained ammunition from various states and delivered it to Nevada before it was shipped to Mexico. Prosecution Said.