Persons under the age of 18 will no longer be allowed to view gun accessory ads on Facebook, the social networking site announced this week.
Starting June 21, any ad that promotes products like “gun cases and paint, holsters and belt accessories, and gun-mounted flashlights and scopes” will be restricted to audiences 18 years and up.
This latest announcement follows Facebook’s 2016 decision to ban private gun sales on all of its platforms. Anti-gunners are hailing it as another victory in the crusade to censor gun content.
“I’m encouraged to see Facebook make yet another policy change that encourages and promotes gun safety on its platforms,” said Shannon Watts, the founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, in a press release.
“This is an important step and one more signal that American companies are ready and willing to stand on the right side of history,” she continued. “Tech giants like Facebook play an important role in the fight for a safer nation and we’re grateful that its leaders are once again stepping up to the plate.”
Alan Gottlieb of the Second Amendment Foundation had a different take.
“This has nothing to do with safety,” Gottlieb told GunsAmerica via email. “No minor uses flashlights or a gun case to cause harm. In fact a gun case is a safety device. This is just another attempt to demonize anything to do with firearms. The gun haters have reached a new low.”