California gives children rights to undergo abortion, medical gender transition—but not to see ads for guns

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As California continues to weigh legislation that would make the state a refuge for children seeking gender changing treatments for their gender dysphoria, the state has suggested that minors are old enough to weigh life changing decisions regarding their bodies like surgery and vaccinations, but not old enough to see depictions of firearms.

A bill prohibiting gun manufacturers from marketing their products in a way that is appealing to children reads that minors are “more impulsive,” and “less likely to consider future consequences of their actions,” but the state allows minors to get abortions and undergo medicalized gender transition without parental consent.

In June, AB 2571, which pertains to the prohibition of marketing firearms to minors and allows lawsuits of this nature, was signed into the state’s laws. California legislator Scott Weiner backs both the bills to give minors full medical agency, and to prohibit them from seeing potentially appealing images of guns.

The law equates the firearms industry with those of alcohol, cannabis, and tobacco, in that exceptions to the First Amendment must be made in restricting marketing towards minors that are prohibited from purchasing these items.

“This bill would prohibit a firearm industry member, as defined, from advertising or marketing any firearm-related product, as defined, in a manner that is designed, intended, or reasonably appears to be attractive to minors,” the bill states.

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