SCOTUS Urged to Listen to Mexico’s Lawsuit Regarding U.S. Gun Makers

( – Over twenty Republican prosecutors have filed a brief to the Supreme Court asking them to look into Mexico’s lawsuit holding American gun manufacturers responsible for gun violence perpetrated by cartels.

This lawsuit stems from another lawsuit that was filed a couple of years ago by the Mexican government, which alleges that United States gun manufacturers, such as Smith & Wesson, should be liable for gun violence carried out by cartels in Mexico because the companies were aware their firearms are being trafficked into the country.

Mexico’s lawsuit was dismissed by a federal judge in Massachusetts, but Mexico was able to successfully appeal its case to the U.S. Court of Appeals with the support of some Democrat-led states.

Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen asked the judge to see the case that was brought on by Mexico’s government. “Congress has long taken a measured and carefully calibrated approach to firearms regulation. It sought to balance the public’s Second Amendment rights with the need to keep guns away from criminals. Anti-gun activists wanted more,” he said.

They have opened up the case again and are pushing to find an exception allowing them to hold these companies accountable for the violence that comes from gun owners.

In Mexico’s statement, they said, “…fully aware that their firearms were being trafficked into the country and that the companies – not a third party – knowingly violated laws applicable to the sale or marketing of firearms.”

They have said these guns have led to increased violence, increased gun-related deaths, declining investment, and a declining economy, as a result. However, the opposing argument says that Mexico’s lack of control over the cartel, the infiltration of the cartel into the government, and its policies are what increase violence in the country.

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