New YouTube Policies To Ban Firearm Selling & Accessory Creation Videos

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New policies by YouTube have all but made any video that’s not just a gun being fired against their terms and conditions. Any video that attempts to sell a firearm or accessories or has a link in the description to a website that sells firearms is no longer allowed as well as any video that demonstrates how to home make a firearm, ammunition, high capacity magazine, silencers or an accessory that makes a firearm simulate automatic fire.

“[…] it appears YouTube is attempting to limit knowledge-sharing of what they think has caused several recent tragedies,” states gun lifestyle site Recoil. What is confusing is that none of the recent shootings have had the aggressors make their own firearm, ammunition or silencers, so these being added to YouTube’s policies as response is curious.

The company had previously banned videos showing how to increase the rate of fire of a firearm in response to the Las Vegas shooting, a move that made more sense than this current update of their policies.

Bearing Arms comments on this saying “Now, let’s be clear. I have no issue with YouTube cracking down on channels that show people how to do things that may well be illegal under most circumstances. […]. But so-called high-capacity magazines and bump stocks are still legal in the vast majority of states.

While the left may wish they aren’t, they are and I really don’t see that changing despite the anti-gunners best efforts. When YouTube decided to lump those in as well, they made it very clear where YouTube and, by extension, Google, stands on the subject of guns.”

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Author: Luke Henderson

Since joining the Libertarian Party in 2016 (after discovering Gary Johnson as a disaffected Bernie Sanders supporter), Luke Henderson has been active in the liberty movement through journalism, and political activism. At the beginning of 2017, Luke had his first piece of writing published by Being Libertarian and quickly became a contributor to the libertarian news site, The Libertarian Vindicator. Through the Vindicator, Luke discovered his passion for addressing critics of the philosophy and bringing together different factions of liberty lovers which compelled him to become an editor for The Libertarian Coalition, a forum dedicated to an open-minded discussion of libertarian ideas from all walks. After many guest contributions to Being Libertarian, Luke was asked to join the website as a contributor, where he writes his column Scoring For Liberty, which discusses sports, politics, and economics from a libertarian lens, and his Educator series that seeks to strengthen libertarian’s understanding of educational techniques and policy to better arguments against public education. Luke is one of the District 1 Executive Committeemen for the Missouri Libertarian party, and the founder of the Missouri Chapter of the Libertarian Positivity Caucus. Outside of politics, Luke is a paraprofessional for the Special School District of St. Louis, a musician, composer, and a loving husband and father.

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