Mexico has filed a lawsuit against gun manufacturers in the United States, alleging that they are involved in illegal weapons trafficking.
The Mexican government has filed a lawsuit against some of the country's largest gun manufacturers, accusing them of causing bloodshed by engaging in reckless business practices. The lawsuit claims that the companies were aware that they were aiding illegal arms trafficking, which has resulted in numerous deaths. Officials say Mexico is seeking as much as $10 billion (£7.2 billion) in compensation, though the exact amount will be determined by the court. The companies, which include Smith & Wesson and Barrett Firearms, have not yet responded. Both companies have been approached by the BBC for comment. The case was filed in the US state of Massachusetts on Wednesday.
The action was taken "to put an end to the immense damage that the [businesses] create by actively assisting the unlawful trafficking of their guns to drug cartels and other criminals in Mexico," according to the document. According to sources, the gun makers "are aware that their weapons are trafficked and utilised in unlawful actions against the civilian population and authorities of Mexico," as stated in a document related to the case by the Mexican Foreign Ministry. According to Mexico, the businesses employed "marketing methods to push weapons that are even more dangerous, without security or traceability procedures."