About 70% of the weapons illegally imported into the Latin American country from 2010 to 2020 came from the United States, Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said.
Mexican authorities are working on filing additional lawsuits against firearms manufacturers from the United States. This was announced to journalists by Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard.
“We have already submitted one [statement of claim], we are currently preparing others,” the Milenio newspaper quotes the head of the foreign ministry. According to approximate estimates, from 2010 to 2020, 2.5 million to 3 million firearms were illegally imported into the Latin American country, which were seized mainly by representatives of the criminal world. About 70% of this volume came from the USA.
In August 2021, the Mexican government filed a lawsuit against American manufacturers and suppliers of weapons in the Federal District Court in Boston (Massachusetts). Mexico City expects to receive up to $10 billion in damages.
Organized criminal communities bear the bulk of the responsibility for the rampant violence that Mexico has been experiencing for many years. In 2021, over 33.3 thousand intentional homicides occurred in the country. The vast majority of crimes of this kind were committed with the use of firearms.