A group of U.S. Senators are firing back after the Mexican government, under leftist president
Andrés Manuel López Obrador, sued American gun manufacturers over Mexico’s failure to control drug cartels.
In Estados Unidos Mexicanos v. Smith & Wesson Brands, Inc., the Mexican government sued several U.S.-based gun manufacturers, arguing they illegally supplied weapons to Mexican drug cartels.
The gun makers argued they are not responsible for who buys or steals their products, or how they are used, and federal law prohibits any lawsuits making such a claim.
A federal court dismissed the suit in 2022, but the Mexican government is appealing, seeking to have the case reinstated. Several liberal U.S. states and foreign countries have filed briefs in support of Mexico, in the hopes the lawsuit will bankrupt gunmakers and cut off Americans’ access to firearms.
Now, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on the Constitution, has filed an amicus brief in the case.
Fellow senators Rick Scott (R-Fla.), Ted Budd (R-N.C.), and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), as well as 35 members of the House of Representatives, joined Cruz on the brief.
Cruz and his colleagues filed the brief with the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit to:
“Support the Second Amendment and American sovereignty,” a statement from Cruz reads.
“Mexico’s arguments in this lawsuit don’t hold water, which is why the suit was thrown out in the district court last year,” said Cruz.
“In sum, what the government of Mexico is trying to do is impose its own interpretation of American law on American businesses. This demonstrates a disregard for our Constitution and in particular, our Second Amendment,” said Cruz.
“They’re also ignoring the fact that Congress has exercised its authority by passing the law in question here, the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA), and the fact that the United States is a sovereign nation,” said Cruz.
“The brief also defends the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA), a federal law that protects businesses that sell firearms from being held liable for harm caused by criminals who abuse firearms,” Cruz’s statement reads.
“The government of Mexico is arguing for an interpretation of PLCAA that allows American gun manufacturers and distributors to be held liable by Mexico for trafficking guns into Mexico, despite the fact that the PLCAA would not permit that. The government of Mexico first filed a suit in federal district court, which was thrown out. The government of Mexico now appeals that ruling in the First Circuit,” the statement concludes.