NRA’s take on Mexican gun troubles pointing at the U.S.

In the ongoing firearms debate regarding whether the gun laws of
the United States are contributing to the rise in violent crime in
Mexico, verbal shots are being fired on both sides of the
border.

Here’s the latest take from the National Rifle
Association:

In another chapter in the ongoing attempt to blame the American
gun community for Mexico’s internal strife, CBS News reports that
the Mexican government has retained the New York City-based law
firm of Reid Collins & Tsai to examine its options for suing
U.S. gun manufacturers and distributors.

This report describes Mexico’s actions as a “novel approach,” in
reality, such lawsuits have been used for decades as a tactic by
anti-gun groups and governments in their attempts to bankrupt gun
manufacturers and circumvent the political process.

That’s why Congress passed the “Protection of Lawful Commerce in
Arms Act” in 2005. This act protects firearms manufacturers,
distributors, dealers, and importers from suits brought about as a
result of “the harm solely caused by the criminal or unlawful
misuse of firearm products or ammunition products by others when
the product functioned as designed and intended.”

The outlook for a Mexican government suit looks dim; since the
PLCAA was signed into law by President George W. Bush on Oct. 26,
2005, no federal court has allowed such a suit by a government
plaintiff to go forward against a U.S. firearms manufacturer.

 

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