New Gun Restrictions: This Time from YouTube and Citigroup
SAN BRUNO, Calif. (AP) — YouTube has tightened its restrictions on firearms videos.
The video-serving network owned by Google is banning videos that provide instructions on how to make a firearm, ammunition, high-capacity magazines and accessories such as bump stocks and silencers.
The ban includes showing viewers how to install the accessories or modifications. YouTube also prohibits content about the sale of guns or firearm accessories.
The policy comes weeks after a mass shooting at a Florida high school left 17 people dead.
The National Sports Shooting Foundation says such restrictions "impinge on the Second Amendment." The group worries about the potential for blocking "educational content" that instructs and improves skills.
Finance powerhouse Citigroup also has enabled its own restrictions.
Citigroup is putting new restrictions on firearm sales by its business customers, making it the first bank to announce changes to its policies in the wake of the school shooting in Florida.
Citigroup will require its clients and business customers not to sell a firearm to anyone who hasn't passed a background check or anyone under the age of 21. They also will not allow its customers to sell what are known as bump stocks and high-capacity magazines.The restrictions apply to Citi clients with credit cards backed by Citigroup or bank with the company, be it traditional banking services or activities like raising capital.
Citi will also be reviewing any banking relationships it might have with gun manufacturers, the bank said in a statement Thursday.