Dem Bill Bans Use of Cartoon Characters to Market Guns

by Pete Kasperowicz, The Blaze  |  published on July 18, 2014

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A freshman Democrat is proposing a ban on the use of cartoon characters to sell guns, and a ban firearm branded merchandise for children such as hats, t-shirts and stuffed animals.

The Children’s Firearm Marketing Safety Act from Rep. Robin Kelly, an Illinois Democrat, reflects the growing feeling among those on the left that guns should not be marketed to children. Many Democrats argue that the marketing of guns to children is contributing to the shooting death of children across the country.

The National Rifle Association sponsors “youth days” around the country that give parents and their children a chance to try out various firearms. The NRA’s second annual youth day was held in Indiana last April, and was an event that let about 800 kids and their parents “enjoy a handful of activities that the NRA is involved in,” including roping cattle and shooting.

The NRA also sells merchandise for children, including t-shirts and bibs with the group’s name on them.

Companies also sell youth-sized rifles, such as Keystone Sporting Arms, which offers the Crickett rifle for kids. The company bills that rifle as “my first rifle,” and uses a cartoon cricket to market it — some of these rifles are designed with youth-oriented colors and patterns on the stock.

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