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What Will Come of Mexico’s Lawsuits Over Weapons?

Mexico is pursuing lawsuits in U.S. courts against gun dealers in Arizona and against weapons manufacturers. Weapons seized in Ciudad Juárez are pictured. // File Photo: Government of Ciudad Juárez.

A U.S. judge ruled on March 25 that Mexico’s government can proceed with a lawsuit that it filed against five gun dealers in Arizona whom it accuses of participating in the trafficking of firearms that wind up in the hands of Mexican drug cartels. The ruling came two months after a U.S. appeals court in Boston revived a separate case in which Mexico is suing several gun manufacturers for $10 billion, seeking to hold them responsible for weapons trafficking into Mexico. What is likely to come of the lawsuits, and how long will they take to move through the courts? What effects could the lawsuits have on U.S. gun manufacturers and their actions? How likely are the lawsuits to lead to reduced violence in Mexico?

Jonathan Lowy, president of Global Action on Gun Violence and Mexico’s co-counsel in its lawsuits against gun manufacturers and Arizona gun dealers: “Mexico’s government looks forward to proving its two lawsuits in court and hopefully prevailing. The judge in Mexico’s lawsuit against gun dealers in Arizona has set a schedule in which the parties will engage in the discovery (evidence gathering) phase and other pretrial steps to be completed by the end of 2025, after which the case could be tried before a jury in federal court in Tucson, Ariz. The defendants in Mexico’s lawsuit against gun manufacturers have stated that they will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review the appeals ruling in Mexico’s favor, but the trial court has denied the defendants’ motion to stay proceedings pending that request. The Supreme Court only accepts…”

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