Posted Apr 22, 2011 11:28 am CDT
The Mexican government has reportedly hired a New York-based law firm to explore possible civil suits against U.S. gun makers and distributors over the weapons used by drug cartels.
An estimated 2,000 U.S. guns are smuggled into Mexico every day, according to a 2008 Brookings Institution study.
Reid Collins is described on its website as a boutique trial firm that handles complex commercial litigation, including financial fraud and international money laundering cases.
CBS spoke with Christopher Renzulli, who has represented gun makers. He said the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, passed in 2005, would bar the kind of lawsuit Mexico is considering. Sources told CBS that lawyers at Reid Collins disagree with that assessment.