The arms companies of the United States responded to the lawsuit filed three months ago by the Mexican government for its alleged negligence that facilitates the illicit arms trafficking and violence in the country.
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The companies asked a Boston, Massachusetts court to dismiss the complaint, arguing that none of them promotes or facilitates arms trafficking to organized crime groups. They also pointed out that the Mexican government made a mistake in filing the lawsuit in a court that does not have jurisdiction to hear the case.
Mexico will have until January 31, 2022 for a rejoinder, while the accused companies, such as Smith & Wesson, Colt, Barrett Firearms or Sturm, Ruger & Co., will be able to respond again until February 28, 2022.
Mexico’s unprecedented lawsuit, which was filed on August 4, is only against the arms manufacturing companies, not against the United States Government.
With information from Noticieros Televisa