A new bill introduced in Congress on Thursday aims to use the powers of the Federal Trade Commission to limit the spread of guns. The bill would allow the FTC to investigate gunsmiths for deceptive advertising practices. It’s something the agency is charged with doing for all industries, but has been reluctant to do it with gunmakers, who have long received extra protections from Washington, reports the DealBook newsletter.
This is the latest front in the fight in Washington for gun control after the mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas. And it comes a day after the House held a hearing on whether arms manufacturers were guilty of the rise in mass shootings involving assault weapons. Two major gun industries told Congress on Wednesday that their companies were not responsible for the rise in gun violence.
The FTC bill is sponsored by Rep. Tom Malinowski, Democrat of New Jersey, and Rep. Robin Kelly, Democrat of Illinois and vice chair of the Congressional Task Force on Gun Violence Prevention. It calls on the FTC to file a report to Congress within a year identifying advertisements designed to appeal to those under 18, featuring semi-automatic assault weapons, or involving or encouraging the illegal use of firearms.