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Murphy and Blumenthal offer legislation preventing firearms marketing to children

Connecticut’s U.S. Sens. Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal joined six of their fellow Democrats in introducing the Protecting Kids from Gun Marketing Act, legislation that directs the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to prescribe rules that prohibit the marketing of firearms to children.

The legislation would direct the FTC to promulgate a rule prohibiting the marketing of firearms to minors and authorize state attorneys general to bring actions for violations of the rule. The legislation would also establish a private right of action for individuals to bring actions for violation of the rule.

“Firearms are the leading cause of death for children in the United States, and it’s disgusting that marketing these deadly weapons to kids has become an industry-wide practice with devastating consequences,” said Murphy. “This legislation would ensure the FTC holds these companies accountable and stops them from advertising weapons of mass destruction to our kids. It should be a no brainer.”

“No assault style weapon should ever be marketed to a child,” added Blumenthal. “The gun industry has taken a page right out of Big Tobacco’s book, as they continue to prioritize profit over childrens’ safety. The FTC has the power and proof to stop these unconscionable marketing practices – and action is long overdue.”

Joining the Connecticut senators in offering the legislation are Edward Markey and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Alex Padilla and Dianne Feinstein of California, Dick Durbin of Illinois and Jack Reed of Rhode Island.

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Phil Hall's writing for Westfair Communications has earned multiple awards from the Connecticut Press Club and the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists. He is a former United Nations-based reporter for Fairchild Broadcast News and the author of 11 books (including the new release "100 Years of Wall Street Crooks," published by Bicep Books). He is also the host of the SoundCloud podcast "The Online Movie Show," host of the WAPJ-FM talk show "Nutmeg Chatter" and a writer with credits in The New York Times, New York Daily News, Hartford Courant, Wired, The Hill's Congress Blog, Profit Confidential, The MReport and StockNews.com. Outside of journalism, he is also a horror movie actor - usually playing the creepy villain who gets badly killed at the end of each film.


  1. What about chewable getting into the hands of children? Every state that’s legalized weed has seen crisis levels of toddlers in the ER, overdosing on weed. Where are these perpetual clowns on that issue?


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