Mexico sues 5 Arizona gun dealers, claims they are contributing to deadly cartel violence

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El canciller mexicano, Marcelo Ebrard, habla durante una conferencia de prensa en Ciudad de México.

The Mexican government has filed a lawsuit against five Arizona gun dealers, claiming they’re responsible for trafficking of illegal weapons into Mexico.  

The lawsuit, filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Arizona, claims the gun dealers “systematically participate” in trafficking weapons and ammunition to cartels in Mexico by supplying gun traffickers. The dealers are helping cause the deadly cartel violence that occurs in Mexico, the lawsuit claims.  

“We are suing them because clearly there is a pattern, we contend that it is obvious that there is weapons trafficking and that it is known that these guns are going to our country,” Mexico’s Foreign Affairs Secretary Marcelo Ebrard said in a video shared to Twitter on Monday.

“If we do not stop this large influx of weapons to Mexico, how could we stop the violence here?” Ebrard said. 

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