Regulate Firearms Like Other Consumer Products

Guns are the only consumer products manufactured in the United States that are not subject to federal health and safety regulation. All other products that Americans use or come into contact with are regulated by a federal health and safety agency.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) regulates household and recreational products such as toasters, lawn mowers, and toys. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) oversees the safety of food and prescription drugs. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) regulates motor vehicles. But thanks to the political clout of the gun lobby, firearms escaped safety regulation in the 1970s when the U.S. Congress created the major product safety agencies. This unique exemption has allowed gunmakers to innovate for lethality rather than safety. As a result, today’s gun industry thrives on developing, manufacturing, and marketing highly militarized firearms including next-generation high-capacity pistols, assault weapons, and 50 caliber sniper rifles.


Misfire: The Gun Industry’s Lack of Accountability for Defective Firearms (2021)

Making a Killing: The Business of Guns in America (2000)

Cease Fire: A Comprehensive Strategy to Reduce Firearms Violence (1994)


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