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District Attorney Boudin Signs Amicus Brief for Lawsuit Against Gun Manufacturers Filed by Mexican Government

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Rachel Marshall / 415-416-4468 / Rachel.Marshall@sfgov.org

Director of Communications / Policy Advisor / Assistant District Attorney

San Francisco— District Attorney Chesa Boudin and more than 25 district attorneys from across the U.S are urging a federal court to allow the Government of Mexico to proceed with a lawsuit alleging that U.S. gun manufacturers are liable for crimes committed with their weapons across the border.

The lawsuit, filed in Federal District Court in Massachusetts by the Mexican government on August 4, 2021, argues that U.S. gun manufacturers are contravening strict Mexican gun laws by actively facilitating the unlawful trafficking of vast quantities of their guns to Mexican cartels.

“As district attorney, my office has worked tirelessly to get guns off our streets,” said District Attorney Chesa Boudin, “The defendant gun manufacturers send guns to Mexico, where transnational drug cartels use them to inflict violence on both sides of the border.  These gun manufacturers are empowering the drug traffickers flooding our streets with fentanyl and methamphetamines.  We must hold these gun manufacturers accountable for the devastating violence and harm they are inflicting on our communities.”

The district attorneys assert that US cities have also felt the devastating impact of the U.S. gun manufacturers’ activities in their own communities. The brief argues that the manufacturers should be liable for designing and marketing weapons knowing they will end up in the hands of Mexican cartels and subsequently funneled back into U.S. cities, along with vast quantities of drugs. The district attorneys maintain that guns manufactured in the United States and transported to Mexico “are being turned on people in our cities and the brave law enforcement officers who protect them, and they are fueling the drug carnage ravaging this country.”

“District attorneys across the United States are seeing their communities devastated by the inevitable effects of arming cartels: an increase in homicides, an unprecedented number of overdose deaths, families and neighborhoods torn apart by drugs and gun violence,” said Ellen Leonida, a partner at  BraunHagey & Borden LLP, who represents the coalition of district attorneys, “These are the real-life consequences of gun manufacturers producing guns that they know will end up in the hands of cartels—and the reason that the district attorneys support Mexico in its efforts to hold the gun manufacturers accountable.”

A copy of the filed brief is attached to this release.

APPENDIX: LIST OF AMICI
Diana Becton
District Attorney, Contra Costa County, California

Chesa Boudin
District Attorney, San Francisco County, California

John Choi
County Attorney, Ramsey County (St. Paul), Minnesota

Laura Conover
County Attorney, Pima County (Tucson), Arizona

Steve Descano
Commonwealth’s Attorney, Fairfax County, Virginia

Matt Ellis
District Attorney, Wasco County, Oregon

Ramin Fatehi
Commonwealth’s Attorney, City of Norfolk, Virginia

Kim Foxx
State’s Attorney, Cook County (Chicago), Illinois

José Garza
District Attorney, Travis County (Austin), Texas

George Gascón
District Attorney, Los Angeles County, California
Former District Attorney, City and County of San Francisco, California
Former Chief, San Francisco Police Department, California
Former Chief, Mesa Police Department, Arizona

Sarah F. George
State’s Attorney, Chittenden County (Burlington), Vermont

Deborah Gonzalez
District Attorney, Western Judicial Circuit (Athens), Georgia

Mark Gonzalez
District Attorney, Nueces County (Corpus Christi), Texas

John Hummel
District Attorney, Deschutes County, Oregon

Melinda Katz
District Attorney, Queens County, New York

Lawrence S. Krasner
District Attorney, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Rebecca Like
Acting Prosecuting Attorney, County of Kaua’i, Hawaii

Beth McCann
District Attorney, 2nd Judicial District (Denver), Colorado

Joseph Platania
Commonwealth’s Attorney, City of Charlottesville, Virginia

Marian Ryan
District Attorney, Middlesex County, Massachusetts

Dan Satterberg
Prosecuting Attorney, King County (Seattle), Washington

Eli Savit
Prosecuting Attorney, Washtenaw County (Ann Arbor), Michigan

Mike Schmidt
District Attorney, Multnomah County (Portland), Oregon

David Sullivan
District Attorney, Northwestern District, Massachusetts

Matthew Van Houten
District Attorney, Tompkins County, New York

Todd Williams
District Attorney, Buncombe County (Asheville), North Carolina

 

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中文

三藩市地檢官博徹思為由墨西哥政府提出針對槍支製造商的訴訟簽署法庭之友摘要

 

三藩市——地檢官博徹思和超過25 名來自美國各州的地檢官正在敦促聯邦法院,要求允許墨西哥政府向美國槍支製造商提出訴訟,為其跨越了邊境的武器所牽涉的罪行負責。

 

墨西哥政府於 2021 年 8 月 4 日向馬薩諸塞州 (Massachusetts) 的聯邦地方法院提出訴訟,稱美國槍支製造商非法地販運大量槍支至墨西哥不法集團,嚴重違反了墨西哥槍支法。

 

「作為地檢官,我和地檢署正孜孜不倦地杜絕槍枝流入社區」,地檢官博徹思說:「被告製造商將槍支運送至墨西哥,導致跨國販毒集團利用這些武器在邊境兩側施暴。 這些槍支製造商變相協助販毒集團容許毒品充斥我們的街道。 我們必須讓這些槍支製造商對社區造成毀滅性的暴力和傷害負責。 」

 

多位地檢官斷言,美國各城市也感受到槍支製造商活躍於社區而帶來的破壞性影響。該摘要指出,製造商應為設計和銷售武器負上責任,因為他們知道這些武器最終會落入墨西哥犯罪集團手中,而這些武器隨後會與大量毒品一起回流進入美國的城市。 一眾地檢官堅稱,在美國製造後販運至墨西哥的槍支「正在指向勇敢地保護市民的執法人員,同時也助長毒品蹂躪我們的國家。」

 

「美國各地的地檢官看到他們的社區因武器充斥街道而被不可避免的后果摧毁,如兇殺案增加、前所未見的過量用葯死亡個案、家庭和社區因毒品和槍支暴力而四分五裂」,BraunHagey & Borden LLP律師行合夥人、兼地檢官聯盟代表的Ellen Leonida 說:「這些殘酷的後果,就是因為槍支製造商明知武器會落入非法集團手中也照常生產。因此,地檢官們支持墨西哥嚴厲追究槍支製造商的責任。」

 

本新聞稿附有提交的摘要副本。

 

附錄:法庭之友名單——

 

Diana Becton

District Attorney, Contra Costa County, California

 

Chesa Boudin

District Attorney, San Francisco County, California

 

John Choi

County Attorney, Ramsey County (St. Paul), Minnesota

 

Laura Conover

County Attorney, Pima County (Tucson), Arizona

 

Steve Descano

Commonwealth’s Attorney, Fairfax County, Virginia

 

Matt Ellis

District Attorney, Wasco County, Oregon

 

Ramin Fatehi

Commonwealth’s Attorney, City of Norfolk, Virginia

 

Kim Foxx

State’s Attorney, Cook County (Chicago), Illinois

 

José Garza

District Attorney, Travis County (Austin), Texas

 

George Gascón

District Attorney, Los Angeles County, California

Former District Attorney, City and County of San Francisco, California

Former Chief, San Francisco Police Department, California

Former Chief, Mesa Police Department, Arizona

 

Sarah F. George

State’s Attorney, Chittenden County (Burlington), Vermont

 

Deborah Gonzalez

District Attorney, Western Judicial Circuit (Athens), Georgia

 

Mark Gonzalez

District Attorney, Nueces County (Corpus Christi), Texas

 

John Hummel

District Attorney, Deschutes County, Oregon

 

Melinda Katz

District Attorney, Queens County, New York

 

Lawrence S. Krasner

District Attorney, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

 

Rebecca Like

Acting Prosecuting Attorney, County of Kaua’i, Hawaii

 

Beth McCann

District Attorney, 2nd Judicial District (Denver), Colorado

 

Joseph Platania

Commonwealth’s Attorney, City of Charlottesville, Virginia

 

Marian Ryan

District Attorney, Middlesex County, Massachusetts

 

Dan Satterberg

Prosecuting Attorney, King County (Seattle), Washington

 

Eli Savit

Prosecuting Attorney, Washtenaw County (Ann Arbor), Michigan

 

Mike Schmidt

District Attorney, Multnomah County (Portland), Oregon

 

David Sullivan

District Attorney, Northwestern District, Massachusetts

 

Matthew Van Houten

District Attorney, Tompkins County, New York

 

Todd Williams

District Attorney, Buncombe County (Asheville), North Carolina

 

 

 

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