A New Lawsuit Illustrates the Problem of U.S. Guns in Mexico

A New Lawsuit Illustrates the Problem of U.S. Guns in Mexico

Getty/Pedro Pardo/AFP Bullet casings are seen on the ground at the crime scene after Mexico City’s Public Security Secretary Omar García Harfuch was wounded in an attack in Mexico City, June 26, 2020. Last month, the Mexican government filed a lawsuit against major U.S. arms manufacturers and distributors in a U.S. federal court, suing the companies for damages caused by the illegal flow of their guns into Mexico. The lawsuit not only looks for compensation—with some damages estimated at $10 billion—but also to change the commercial practices of U.S. gun companies that facilitate the flow of guns. Regardless of how the lawsuit ends—considering existing U.S. laws offer gun companies broad immunity from civil litigation—it is important to acknowledge the huge impacts of the flow of U.S. guns into Mexico. It is equally important to address disinformation surrounding this flow and recognize that America can and should do more to stop it. Basic facts about the flow of guns from the United States to Mexico Mexican gun laws are very restrictive: Legal gun purchases can only be made in a single store on a Mexico City army base. Yet according to studies done by Intersecta , Mexico’s military registered 900,000 firearms from 2000 to 2019—close to 45,000 per year. Therefore, firearms used to perpetrate crimes in Mexico, by and large, come from abroad. In fact, the United States is the main supplier of guns used in crimes throughout Mexico. Reports from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) […]

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