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Firearms Industry Responds to Mexico’s Threats of Litigation

This week a Mexican official confirmed that President Felipe Calderon’s government has hired U.S. trial lawyers to investigate possible litigation against U.S. gun manufacturers and firearms retailers, seeking to hold these lawful companies responsible for the criminal misuse of firearms in Mexico.  Though the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, signed into law in 2005 by then President George W. Bush, prevents such frivolous lawsuits, the mere threat demands a response.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearms industry, respects the work of President Calderon to willingly take on his country’s powerful drug cartels; however, we are disappointed that he would seek to hold law-abiding American companies responsible for crime in Mexico. This is especially troubling given investigative reports that show more than 80 percent of the firearms recovered in Mexico do not come from the United States.  The most recent of these reports, from the independent research group STRATFOR, determined that less than 12 percent of the guns Mexico seized in 2008 came from the United States.

Furthermore, according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), firearms traced in Mexico were originally sold at retail not recently, but, on average, 14 years earlier. This is completely inconsistent with any notion that a flood of newly purchased firearms are being illegally smuggled over the border.  And let’s not forget that no retail firearm sale can be made in the U.S. until after an FBI criminal background check of the purchaser has been completed.

Exacerbating misconceptions about the firearms used by Mexican drug cartels, even mainstream publications such as the Washington Post, repeat erroneous information. For example, in today’s editorial the paper stated that Mexican drug cartels are “snapping up the military-style machine guns available in U.S. gun shops.”  The fact is that machine guns are heavily regulated and virtually never sold at retail in the United States.

Still, in response to concerns over the violence in Mexico, ATF conducted more than 2,000 inspections of firearms dealers along the border.  The result? Not a single dealer was charged with committing any crime and only two (or 0.01%) had their licenses revoked for unknown reasons that could have nothing to do with the cartels illegally obtaining firearms from retailers in the United States.

While these ATF inspections were clearing the law-abiding retailers’ good names, which were being smeared by many in the mainstream press and anti-gun officials in both the United States and Mexico, as many as 150,000 Mexican soldiers defected to work for the drug cartels, bringing their American-made service-issued firearms with them.

Perhaps the Mexican government should seek to file suit against their military personnel actively engaged in such illegal conduct.

Members of the firearms industry take seriously the criminal acquisition and misuse of their products. This is why our industry has for more than a decade partnered with the ATF in a national campaign to make the public aware that it is a serious crime to straw purchase a firearm.  The program, called Don’t Lie for the Other Guy, is now funded completely by members of the firearms industry and also helps ATF to educate firearms retailers – whom ATF considers the first line of defense – to better detect and prevent illegal straw purchases.

The firearms industry is one of America’s oldest and most-storied entities.  We played a prominent role in America’s westward expansion, continue to serve as the Arsenal for Democracy and support the conservation of America’s wildlife and great outdoors. We are also one of the most regulated industries in the world. From production to distribution, distribution to sale, everything we as an industry do is overseen by the United States government.

Again, we applaud President Calderon for taking steps to stop the cartels when past Mexican administrations paid only lip service and allowed rampant corruption to fester. Still, it is wrong for anyone to blame America’s firearms industry for the problems Mexico is currently facing.

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15 Responses to “Firearms Industry Responds to Mexico’s Threats of Litigation”

  1. Sean

    Maybe we should sue Mexico for the increased health care and educational cost, along with the costs associated with illegal drugs in this country.

  2. Nhmventas

    oye y talvez mexico deberia demnadar a los gringos por contaminar el golfo de mexico, por ser una vola de mariguanos adictos e inutiles viciosos

  3. Baldkfjm

    tu madre

  4. anon

    Yea, that’s not the US’ fault you fucking retard. BP is a British company (as is evidenced in their name). No mames guey pinche moreno.

  5. Erwin Rommel

    Y hasta donde se el término “gringo” en México se usa solo para ciudadanos estadounidenses, que en otras partes de Hispanoamérica se use como sinónimo de extranjero caucásico y que tú lo apliques de ese modo nos vendría diciendo que tú NO ERES MEXICANO o eres uno terriblemente falto de educación…
    Por cierto tendrías que ver bien tus faltitas de ortografía porque tanto tu uso de mayúsculas como de acentos es inexistente, así como el reverendo error que sería imperdonable hasta para un niño de primaria de escribir “vola” en vez de “bola”

    Por personas como tú da vergüenza decir que se es mexicano.

  6. ICE

    The dirtiest, most corrupt, diseased country on the continent – and that’s a FACT!

  7. Harlot70054

    And maybe we should invade your garbage country , turn you inside out and flush you down the toilet.

  8. Fosiris

    Oye hermano, mientras que los muertos los poniamos nosotros y nos metian la droga aqui por camiones y barcos… alla en Mexico nadie protestaba. Ahora que la pelea es entre ustedes los que se llaman “macho machotes” y se les ha puesto la cosa un poquito calientica ahora todos protestan. Aprendan ha ser “machitos” de verdad y no no ha llorar como mujeres lo que no sepan defender como hombres

  9. Revgreg

    What? No mention of the possibility that thousands of firearms including ARs, AKs, 50BMG rifles, etc. were knowingly allowed to cross the border with the full complicity of the ATF itself?

  10. Axess Denyd

    Maybe the US companies should stop selling guns to the Mexican police and military, since that’s where the drug dealers get them anyway.

  11. Josh

    Agreed, let’s shut the border down and let them fight their own drug war.

  12. Davidblack7

    Let us not forget all the arms the U.S. State Department sends to Mexico also… Let us face the hard facts, the U.S. government is not interested in stopping the drug/money/labor/voting block flowing across the boarder. We, the people (US and Mex) are suckered into fighting eachother and the real game keeps going at full speed.

  13. Terryharmon

    It is sad that the leaders of the Mexico want to blame us for problems with guns coming over the border .It is the Mexician goverement can’t take care of their own business that they have to hire a American Lawyer to fight their battles .We now have a law on the books from these crazy lawsuits. So the president of Mexico need to start fighting their owqn battles with the drug cartels. Forget about trying sue us .So many mayors across this country theink is cool to try and sue the makers of guns right out of business.We do not need our troops going down there because if we do I feel that there be buttkicking and names later. Does Mexico want this? I think so.With all the anti gun folks out there get a life. Go the range and try a rifle on for size see if you like that. Guns are fun,but you must respect them.

  14. Bobby

    The Mexican cartels and the National Rifle Association and associated gun manufacturers are absolute best friends. More violence means more gun and ammo purchases by the cartels means good business for the gun crowd.

    It is time for this to stop. The NRA is nothing more than a well paid front for Mexican cartels and other cold blooded killers.

    Message to the NRA: Stop working for your Mexican cartel pimps and help make US gun laws help ordinary hunters and stop helping Mexican killers!

  15. Fred

    I agree with Bobby.

    The NRA should care more about innocent Americans than it does making money from gun sales to organized crime.

    America first! Stop working for the Mexican cartels, NRA!!!! Fight the NRA. Fight for laws that make it tougher for Mexican cartels to buy guns from U.S. gun manufacturers! Stop all gun shows now!!!!

    Gun shows are nothing more than Mexican cartel shopping sprees!!!!!