While there are laws in America that prevent frivolous lawsuits against gun makers there are no such laws in Mexico.
Currently the Mexican government is suing several gun manufacturers because they believe that these manufacturers have aided the cartels. The companies that are being sued include Glock, Smith & Wesson, Sturm Ruger, and Beretta.
Interestingly Sig Sauer is not a part of the lawsuit, some speculate that this is because the Mexican government plans on spending millions with the company in an upcoming deal.
Sig Sauer has recently tried to get approval from the US government over a deal where they plan to sell millions of dollars worth of automatic rifles to Mexico’s military. This deal might fall through at the approval level because last time the United States approved an arms deal with the Mexican government those firearms ended up in the hands of the cartel.
More on the lawsuit from Bearing Arms:
I’m of the opinion that if Mexico wants to sue the firearms industry in the United States for causing cartel violence in Mexico, then the firearms industry should tell the López Obrador administration to go pound sand and refuse to do any business with the country’s military forces or law enforcement agencies.
I don’t believe that Sig Sauer was aware of the Mexican government’s plans to sue their fellow gun makers before it happened, but now that the lawsuit is a matter of public record, I’m curious to see if the company will revisit their plan to provide millions of dollars worth of rifles to the Mexican Navy or if it will continue to seek Congressional approval for the sale; even as its potential customer sues competitors and seeks billions of dollars in damages. Five million bucks is a lot to leave on the table, but I’d argue that Sig Sauer risks a consumer backlash that could cost them far more if it proceeds with the sale while the lawsuit is still an active threat to the industry (and ultimately, our Second Amendment rights).