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S. 252: Protecting Kids from Gun Marketing Act

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Should an AR-15 equivalent be marketed to those far younger than 15?


At the 2022 SHOT Show in Las Vegas, a trade show for guns, firearm manufacturer Wee1 Tactical debuted a new “rifle for kids” called the JR-15.

It’s a real working rifle with safety controls, somewhat smaller than a traditional model, with both a design and marketing material explicitly aimed at children. The logo is cartoonish, while the font is similar to that used on other children’s products like Hot Wheels or G.I. Joe. A pun on the popular rifle model AR-15, the “J” instead stands for “Junior.”

National controversy ensued. In June 2022, only a few months later, California enacted a state law banning firearm marketing to children, which passed the state Assembly by 57–15 …

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Edward “Ed” Markey

Sponsor. Junior Senator for Massachusetts. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Feb 2, 2023
Length: 11 pages
Feb 2, 2023
118th Congress (2023–2025)

Introduced on Feb 2, 2023

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15 Cosponsors (15 Democrats)

8% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


Feb 2, 2023

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