Apple to replace gun emoji with a water pistol

CUPERTINO, CA (WCMH) — With the iOS 10 update, Apple will get rid of the gun emoji and replace it with a green water pistol.

According to CNN, the swap is not the first time Apple has ventured into the gun control debate. Earlier this year, a rifle emoji was denied.

A group called New Yorkers Against Gun Violence started a campaign to have Apple replace the pistol emoji.

“Apple has stood up to the bullying tactics of the NRA and gun industry by showing that there are many more life-affirming ways to express oneself than with a gun,” said Leah Barrett, NYAGV’s Executive Director on Monday.

The gun swap is expected to come with the release of iOS10, scheduled for this fall. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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