Revisiting Mexico’s lawsuit against US gun trafficking

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Revisiting Mexico’s lawsuit against US gun trafficking

The Mexican government has filed a lawsuit to try to stop the flow of arms from the United States.

A Mexican soldier holds up a gun next to other weapons seized from alleged drug traffickers or handed in by residents.
A Mexican soldier holds up a gun next to other weapons seized from alleged drug traffickers or handed in by residents before they are destroyed at a military zone in Mexico City, Mexico. [Henry Romero/Reuters]

Published On 20 May 202220 May 2022


In Mexico, guns from the United States are a fact of life. The Mexican government estimates nearly 70% of guns trafficked into the country come from its northern neighbour. Meanwhile, a patchwork of weak gun laws in the US, where gun trafficking is not a federal crime, affects Mexico. The Mexican government is taking an unusual tack to try to stop the flow of arms: they have filed a lawsuit. With no sign of the cartel violence slowing, can a lawsuit stem the flow of guns to Mexico?


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John Holman, Al Jazeera correspondent (@johnholman100)

Eugenio Weigend Vargas, Center for American Progress (@eugenioweigend)

This episode was updated by Ney Alvarez. The original production team was Alexandra Locke, Ney Alvarez, Negin Owliaei, Dina Kesbeh, Amy Walters, Priyanka Tilve, Tom Fenton, Stacey Samuel, and Malika Bilal. Alex Roldan is our sound designer. Aya Elmileik and Adam Abou-Gad are our engagement producers. 

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