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A Wisconsin gun distributor paints guns shades from fuchsia to pink camouflage and even adorns them with Hello Kitty images. Customers from around the country ship their firearms to them for the decorative treatment.

On their own guns are dangerous, but adding cutesie decor to the artillery may prove them to be drop dead gorgeous — especially for kids who mistake them for playthings.

To see what critics and the owner of the gun shop has to say,


Critics say the issue isn't the color of the gun, but the fact that they have been ornamented to look like toys.

Jim Astle from Jim's Gun Supply defended his business on Phoenix's KPNX:

Over 75 percent of customers are law enforcement. . . they're buying them for their wives so they can go to the range and shoot with them. Pink doesn't make it any more deadly than black. That thing should be locked away at all times.

What's your take on these firearms?

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Buttonman Buttonman 9 years
I just had an Armalite AR-15 turned hot pink by these guys. My fiance loves it. I really have two points to make--- 1) All guns should be treated as real guns and should never be pointed in an unsafe direction. Gun safety should be practiced with every gun - toy or not. 2) What is tacky to one person is not to the other. Personally I find much of the current clothes fashions to be tacky but I know we have the right to pursue happiness just as the 2nd Amendment protects our individual right to self defense - doesn't say anything about the color of the firearm. I own a grocery store/gun shop. Currently there are more and more production firearms that are coming out in different colors and I can assure you all that pink firearms are something that is popular.
rca1 rca1 9 years
this looks so much like a toy that even an adult could make a mistake with this.
macgirl macgirl 9 years
I don't have a problem with guns. I'm actually quite good at shooting them.. but I think if I saw that pink hand gun laying on a table I don't think I would think it's real. While I agree that all responsible owners keep them locked up the color and the decal concern me a bit. It just seems irresponsible to do. Guns are for protection and basically KILLING, why cute it up?
abqmama abqmama 9 years
I could see this company doing the camo design but that pink is just hideous. I don't think it makes it look like a toy, it just makes it look tacky. Besides, like someone said it is usually boys who play with guns and I don't think my boys would ever want to play with a pink gun, real or fake.
lickety-split lickety-split 9 years
clever child does not always equal reasoning/good choice making. my oldest daughter is severely autistic and loves hello kitty. she can figure out how to unlock doors and windows but not that if she goes into the street w/o looking she might get run over. i know that's extreme and most children aren't severely impaired, but it makes me nervous. kids see hello kitty and think "play". that's just the wy it is.
jennifer76 jennifer76 9 years
I don't know...part of me thinks - WTF!? And the other part of me thinks - have any of you ever seen toy guns!? They look exactly like real guns. So, in a sense, all guns look like toy guns. And, honestly, I wonder how often little girls go looking for guns and play around with them. Seems like I'm usually hearing about little boys in tragic accidents.
ashleylynne ashleylynne 9 years
If you're into hunting/guns then you'd probably like this. Hello Kitty isn't just a kids brand, it's become an adult brand. I'm sure if Sanrio finds out about this, they will be going after them for trademark infringement. You can't use someone else's trademark for commercial purposes, even if you're putting it on one thing. One major part of the Hello Kitty brand is that Sanrio will never authorize the use of Hello Kitty on an object that could obviously be used to hurt someone. So you'll find Hello Kitty on many household items, but you'll probably never see Sanrio authorize it for a knife. And if you do see it, it's probably a fake.
ann418 ann418 9 years
Nicely put, Shleebs.
pwnstar pwnstar 9 years
I'd just like to note that Jim's refinishing department is a custom service; they aren't mass producing pink Hello Kitty guns. Most of the work they do is camo-pattern stuff for LEOs and the Military. They do these pieces on order from individuals and will work with a gun owner to develop a design or pattern for their weapon. Check out their gallery for more of their very creative and interesting detailing:
Shleebs Shleebs 9 years
Ugh. I personally love the pink guns-- but then, I am also one of those girls whose man likes to find fun ways to get her out to the shooting range. I agree with the store owner; gun safety is gun safety no matter what the gun looks like. I believe that even if you don't have guns/ don't like them/ whatever your deal, you should always teach your children what to do if they should run across one. Frankly, if a child is clever enough to find the gun, they should be clever enough to realize that they shouldn't touch it.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
I dont see anything wrong with them except for lack of taste.
Toveracre Toveracre 9 years
i think thats crazy, someone will pull out a hello kitty machine gun during a raid & the cops will just laugh. hmmm maybe thats why ppl are really buying them. wierd
bastille_75 bastille_75 9 years
Oh but I probably would buy the little pink glock number - actually a pretty good weapon for a single gal ;)
bastille_75 bastille_75 9 years
I don't mind the pink guns as long as they are never ever around children!!!! But, I do have an issue with the possible trademark infringement by putting of the Hello Kitty images on the guns prior to selling them!!! WTF -does the second amendment also protect you from paying royalties?? Who knew. . . now if they do have Sanrio permission then that's a different story - somehow I doubt it!
niny niny 9 years
kids always have a way of finding locked up guns and this would look like the perfect toy to them. and there are always stories of law enforcement mistaking toy guns for real guns, and this isn't going to help that matter either. all in all, i don't think dressing up guns is not a good service to be offering people.
lickety-split lickety-split 9 years
sounds like something from "kill bill". yeah, i don't think they need to cute-up guns. kids are drawn to hello kitty and so in a matter of time there will be an "accident". as if we couldn't see this comming a mile away.
ann418 ann418 9 years
Yea, pink doesn't make them any more deadly than black, but it sure makes them more kid-friendly. Holy crap, that's seriously scary.
kia kia 9 years
Whoa. If I frequented a firing range I suppose I would think they are cute, but I don't. I think the guy that makes them is right, you need to keep these locked up. I can see how they can be mistaken for toys.
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