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Gun-loving YouTubers Flock To PornHub (Yes, You Read That Right)

Gun-loving YouTubers are getting creative after YouTube announced stricter rules.

By Sharon Lynn Pruitt

YouTube has taken a squarely inhospitable stance on gun-related content, less than a week after viewers complained that an inappropriate instructional video on how to build an air rifle had been spotted on the YouTube Kids app. According to BBC News, the company has banned videos that “show people how to manufacture or modify guns and their accessories.” The new rules will go into effect on April 20.

The move seems to have been prompted by the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida that left 17 dead after former student Nikolas Cruz stormed the halls of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School with a rifle. YouTube made similar changes to their content guidelines following the mass shooting in Las Vegas in 2017, as Motherboard pointed out — the platform banned videos showing how to install bump stocks on assault rifles.

Now creators of gun content have to get creative in their search for a platform.

(Photo: InRangeTV talking about their tshirts and other swag on YouTube)

InRange TV, a gun-focused YouTube channel that has nearly 145,000 subscribers, has begun posting content onto PornHub, USA Today reports. The channel’s creators, Karl Kasarda and Ian McCollum (pictured above talking about InRange swag), are not seeking any monetization by moving to PornHub. The site is simply a "safe harbor" for their content.

“InRangeTV takes pride in its consistently forward-looking approach to digital media in today’s world of partisan censorship, fake news, and corporate encroachment into publication of potentially controversial information,” said the channel in a Facebook post. “YouTube’s newly released released vague and one-sided firearms policy makes it abundantly clear that YouTube cannot be counted upon to be a safe harbor for a wide variety of views and subject matter.”

C&Rsenal, another YouTube gun channel, has also started posting content to PornHub. Meanwhile, the platform has stood by its decision, further explaining their reasoning in a statement to TubeFilter.

“We routinely make updates and adjustments to our enforcement guidelines across all of our policies,” reads YouTube’s statement. “While we’ve long prohibited the sale of firearms, we recently notified creators of updates we will be making around content promoting the sale or manufacture of firearms and their accessories, specifically, items like ammunition, gatling triggers, and drop-in auto sears.”