Mexico Considers Suing US Gun Makers to Halt Flow of Arms to Drug Trade

Last month CBS News reported that the Mexican government had hired an American law firm to explore filing civil charges against U.S. gun manufacturers and distributors over the flood of guns crossing the border into Mexico.

The National Sports Shooting Foundation, the trade association of gun makers, responded “we are disappointed that [Mexican President Felipe Calderon] would seek to hold law-abiding American companies responsible for crime in Mexico”. The NSSF noted that the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, signed into law in 2005 by then President George W. Bush, protects gun makers from most liability for their products, making the success of any Mexican legal action uncertain.