They’re not made here: Mexico sues US gun-makers over cartel weapons

They’re not made here: Mexico sues US gun-makers over cartel weapons

Posing a new threat to gun manufacturers already reeling from potential liability for U.S. mass shootings, the Mexican government says their “willfully blind, standardless distribution practices” have led to a destabilization of Mexican society. A damaged pick up truck marked with the initials C.D.N., that in Spanish stand for Cartel of the Northeast, stands on the street after a gun battle between Mexican security forces and suspected cartel gunmen in Villa Union, Mexico, on Dec. 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerardo Sanchez) BOSTON (CN) — U.S. law has long barred gun manufacturers and sellers from being held liable for the misuse of their products, but a federal complaint filed Wednesday says legislators never contemplated violence south of the border. The Mexican government brought the suit in Massachusetts, the home of what it calls the oldest gun wholesaler in America, Interstate Arms Corp., one of more than half a dozen top U.S. gun manufacturers or retailers named as a defendant. “Defendants’ willfully blind, standardless distribution practices aid and abet the killing and maiming of children, judges, journalists, police, and ordinary citizens throughout Mexico,” the 139-page complaint states. “Defendants’ unlawful conduct has substantially reduced the life expectancy of Mexican citizens and cost the Government billions of dollars a year.” Interstate is named as a defendant along with the Springfield, Massachusetts-headquartered Smith & Wesson; Barrett Firearms; Beretta USA; Colt’s Manufacturing; Glock Inc.; Sturm, Ruger & Co.; and Century International Arms — the last of which imports Romania’s version of an AK-47 assault rifle into […]

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