メキシコは武器密売の通行料で米国の銃製造業者を訴える

メキシコは武器密売の通行料で米国の銃製造業者を訴える
The Mexican government is suing U.S. gun manufacturers and distributors, arguing that their commercial practices have unleashed tremendous bloodshed in Mexico

The Mexican government sued United States gun manufacturers and distributors Wednesday in U.S. federal court, arguing that their negligent and illegal commercial practices have unleashed tremendous bloodshed in メキシコ

The unusual lawsuit was filed in U.S. federal court in ボストン Among those being sued are some of the biggest names in guns, 含む: スミス & Wesson Brands, Inc.; Barrett Firearms Manufacturing, Inc.; Beretta U.S.A. Corp.; Colt’s Manufacturing Company LLC, and Glock Inc. Another defendant is Interstate Arms, a Boston-area wholesaler that sells guns from all but one of the named manufacturers to dealers around the U.S.

The Mexican government argues that the companies know that their practices contribute to the trafficking of guns to Mexico and facilitate it. Mexico wants compensation for the havoc the guns have wrought in its country.

The Mexican government “brings this action to put an end to the massive damage that the Defendants cause by actively facilitating the unlawful trafficking of their guns to drug cartels and other criminals in Mexico,」訴訟は言った.

The government estimates that 70% of the weapons trafficked to Mexico come from the U.S., according to the Foreign Affairs Ministry. And that in 2019 一人で, 少なくとも 17,000 homicides were linked to trafficked weapons.

Alejandro Celorio, legal advisor for the ministry, told reporters Wednesday that the damage caused by the trafficked guns would be equal to 1.7% に 2% of Mexico’s gross domestic product. The government will seek at least $10 billion in compensation, 彼は言った. Mexico’s GDP last year was more than $1.2 兆.

“We don’t do it to pressure the United States,” Celorio said. “We do it so there aren’t deaths in Mexico.”

Ebrard said the lawsuit was another piece of the government’s efforts against guns. “The priority is that we reduce homicides," 彼は言った. “We aren’t looking to change American laws.”

Mexico did not seek the advice of the U.S. government on the matter, but advised the U.S. Embassy before filing the lawsuit.

The sale of firearms is severely restricted in Mexico and controlled by the Defense Department. But thousands of guns are smuggled into Mexico by the country’s powerful drug cartels.

以上がありました 36,000 murders in Mexico last year, and the toll has remained stubbornly high despite President アンドレマヌエルロペスオブラドール s pledge to pacify the country. Mexico’s nationwide murder rate in 2020 remained unchanged at 29 あたり 100,000 inhabitants. 比較すると, アメリカ. homicide rate in 2019 だった 5.8 あたり 100,000.

8月に 2019, a gunmen killed 23 people in an El Paso Walmart, including some Mexican citizens. その時, Foreign Affairs Secretary マルセロエブラード said the government would explore its legal options. The government said Wednesday that recent rulings in U.S. courts contributed to its decision to file the lawsuit.

It cited a decision in California allowing a lawsuit against Smith & Wesson to move forward, a lawsuit filed last week against Century Arms related to a 2019 shooting in Gilroy, カリフォルニア, そしてその $33 million settlement reached by Remington with some of the families whose children were killed in the Newtown, コネチカット, mass school shooting.

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