Following a gun dispute, a Mexican military group has made a Mexican minister "person of year."
Mexico's foreign minister and his government were named the arms control persons of the year in 2021 by a huge U.S. lobby in recognition of a lawsuit filed against several American arms manufacturers.
Thousands of gangland deaths have been caused by Mexican government, arguing that arms manufacturers, including Smith & Wesson Brands Inc and Sturm Ruger & Company Inc, believed their practices were beneficial to illegal arms trafficking into Mexico.
Mexico's accusations have been rejected by the arms industry as well as the lawsuit in November.
In a survey that drew thousands of participants from dozens of countries, the Arms Control Association announced that Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard and the government of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador won.
"The Mexican foreign ministry's lawsuit against the US firearms companies represents an important new strategy to hold rogue actors accountable for their role in the violence perpetrated by small arms trafficking across international borders," according to Daryl Kimball, the executive director of the Arms Control Association.
The Arms Control Association has presented the different nominees for the annual competition.
Ebrard was honoured on Twitter after a Twitter appearance and a tribute to his ministry's legal team.
Mexico is attempting to punish the gunmakers for selling firearms that are legal and constitutionally protected.