On July 14, Representative Robin Kelly (D-IL-2nd) put forth H.R. 5093–the Children’s Firearm Marketing Safety Act–to keep firearm-branded shirts, hats, and “stuffed animals” from being marketed to children.
The bill asks the Federal Trade Commission “to prohibit any person from marketing firearms to children,” which would include the marketing of merchandise containing firearm brand names.
According to the text of H.R. 5093, the Children’s Firearm Marketing Safety Act would also prohibit the “manufacturing of a gun with colors or designs that are specifically designed with the purpose to appeal to children.”
It also bans the manufacturing of other guns fathers use to teach their children how to shoot, unless those guns are covered with warnings like “Real gun, not a toy…”, “Actual firearm the use of which may result in death or serious bodily injury,” “Dangerous weapon,” and/or “similar language determined by the Federal Trade Commission.”
The bans contained in H.R. 5093 would be for any “child” who is “less than 18 years of age.”
The bill has been referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
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