Monday, January 22, 2024

A federal appellate court ruled that Mexico's lawsuit against U.S. gun manufactirers may proceed


The suit, first filed against six gun manufacturers including Smith & Wesson and Glock in 2021, alleged the makers' loose controls allowed for the weapons to be illegally trafficked into Mexico and noted that U.S.-made guns were more likely to be used to kill Mexican citizens than Americans.


An October 2022 ruling found that U.S. law under the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act protects gun makers from being sued.

Mexico's government argued in its appeal of that dismissal that the PLCAA does not provide immunity for harm caused abroad, or where gun companies violate the law.

[The appellate court concluded] that the Mexican government "plausibly alleges a type of claim that is statutorily exempt from the PLCAA's general prohibition."