Red Ryder BB Gun Stirs Safety Debate

CHICAGO (WBBM) — An iconic toy is stirring debate about gun safety and kids.

WBBM’s Newsradio 780’s Felicia Middlebrooks reports the controversy surrounds the Daisy Red Ryder air rifle, the BB gun featured in the classic holiday movie, “A Christmas Story.”

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s Felicia Middlebrooks Reports

The mere thought of getting one still turns many little mischievous boys into perfect gentlemen.

The Ryder air rifle has been around since 1938, and it is still the most popular BB gun in history.

But the Chicago Tribune reports sales have declined as the gun debate has raged.

A leading anti-gun violence group says more than 10,000 people ended up in the emergency room last year for pellet and BB gun injuries.

Despite that, the Red Ryder with its nostalgic value is still popular with both kids and adults.

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