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NRA Warns Youtube About New Policy

National gun rights and firearms industry groups are warning YouTube that its actions could estrange the video sharing platform from millions of users, and violate constitutional rights.

In response to YouTube’s pending policy updates on videos that include firearms content, the National Rifle Association, and National Shooting Sports Foundation are concerned the move could herald a comprehensive effort to ferret out lawful gun culture and separate it from the site.

“Millions of Americans watch YouTube videos every day to learn more about the safe and responsible use of firearms, and those videos show law-abiding gun owners participating in lawful behavior,” said the NRA in a statement. “By banning this content, YouTube is engaging in politically motivated censorship and alienating the millions of people who turn to the website for education and training.”

The new rules, announced last Tuesday, including making it clear that YouTube will not host videos highlighting guns or some accessories such as bump stocks or magazines capable of holding more than 30 rounds for private sale by individuals. The Google subsidiary also said it won’t allow clips on manufacturing ammunition, guns, or suppressors or how to install or modify certain accessories. Further, links back to gun dealers and makers will not be allowed.

The NSSF warns this could have a negative effect on otherwise legal firearm commerce. “Much like Facebook, YouTube now acts as a virtual public square,” said the gun trade group. “The exercise of what amounts to censorship, then, can legitimately be viewed as the stifling of commercial free speech, which has constitutional protection. Such actions also impinge on the Second Amendment.”

Meanwhile, content creators have been banging the drum to migrate to dedicated gun-centric platforms such as Full30, GetZone, UGE and James Yeager’s LiberTV start-up as well as alternative sites such as Vimeo, BitChute and even PornHub with reportedly good results. In the case of the latter, an adult website owned by Luxembourg-based MindGeek, the company has said they may look into a non-sexually explicit alternative offshoot for such content in the future, so it’s not so crazy to think there are valid alternatives for YouTube gun vloggers on the horizon.

10 Comments

  • George Jetson

    We’ve become a technocracy. Infowars will be the theme of the future. The US Constitution will eventually become a useless piece of paper due to differing opinions and the courts will lose power and respect if they cannot keep from politicizing their opinions and rulings.

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  • CompletelyOutsane

    Youtube couldn’t care less about the opinion of anything or anyone decent in this world. They are completely devoid of human decency, members of the left – 2holes.

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  • Kevin Padfield

    Thanks for this info and the listings. This is what I was looking for.

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  • bjensen

    I agree that the tube will alienate a large number of people who are firearms enthusiasts and 2A supporters but the constitutional argument is weak at best….glad to see this article listed some other sites to go to for 2A content (actual links might have been nice)

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    • Houmid

      Not that weak. Using the progressives own ‘logic’, it can be shown that Facebook and YouTube perform functions of public utilities; and therefore are subject to government regulation regarding freedom of speech. I hate to do that because it strengthens the precedent of government take-over and nationalization.

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    • Felipe Gomez Jr.

      Your Constitution comment is weak! The peolpe trying to change it and get rid if it? Are weak! You might hear them snivel and cry? That’s because the biased mainstream news media sensationalize antie-gun issues! But. They are not going to change anything. They’ll die trying! I promise!

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  • Houmid

    What YouTube and Facebook are failing (miserably) to understand is their knee-jerk reactions to banning content FURTHER polarizes this country. They violate the entire intent of the 1st Amendment in their jihad against the 2nd Amendment. Which raises a valid question of how many other Amendments and laws do they distain and undermine? Granted, they are not a government organization; however, they do serve a major political function for information and discussion. Time to initiate anti-trust laws against these two companies and encourage some real competition to promote freedom.

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  • elcue

    Are the Owners of You Tube and Facebook anti American pro infiltration for the destruction of America from within.
    This is certainly appears to be their goal in the long run. By lessening the knowledge of equipment that could help us in the protection of FREEDOM.

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  • Alan BYRD

    CHRISTIANS ARE WAITING FOR THE ANTI-CHRIST TO COME ON THE SCENE AND THEN YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO BUY OR SELL WITHOUT THE MARK, WAKE UP PEOPLE THE MARK IS HERE.THE ANTI-CHRIST IS HERE, IT’S THE SYSTEM IF YOU ARE NOT A LIBERAL YOU DON’T HAVE THE MARK YET. I HOPE THIS IS AN EYE OPENER TO OPEN YOUR EYES AND SEE WE HAVE ARRIVED AT THE TIME OF THE END, IT’S HAPPENING NOW FOLKS SO STOP WAITING AND START FIGHTING LIKE THE LIBS ARE DOING BY LETTING YOUR VOICES BE HEARD AND LET THEM FEEL THE LOST OF YOUR POCKETBOOKS AND WALLETS, AS WELL AS YOUR CHANGE.

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