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Gun emoji outlawed, you won't believe what replaced it

Gun emoji outlawed, you won't believe what replaced it
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When it comes to technology, emojis are a great way to express thoughts and feelings with zest and humor. A few months ago the Unicode Consortium added 74 new emojis, and emoji fans were waiting to see which ones would be added to the lineup. On August 1, Apple said their emoji selection would include several new symbols, including female athletes and a rainbow flag.

The wait for these mini pictures is almost over: Apple will release their new operating system, iOS 10, this fall. And while some will probably love the changes, the NRA may not be as happy about it.

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Soon the revolver emoji will be changing to something much less threatening. From lethal to lighthearted, Apple's newest system update will replace the pistol with a water gun.

Part of the reason for the switch may be due to the controversy that the little gun picture has caused. Last year, two minors faced legal troubles for including the emoji in threatening social media posts. One of them, a 12-year-old from Virginia, allegedly threatened her school on Instagram. The other, a teen from New York, allegedly used the emoji three times in a Facebook post to threaten police.

Gun enthusiasts that do not want to text, tweet, or type without the gun emoji have a few options to work around this change. They can ignore the iOS 10 update until they switch to non-Apple devices. They can also download their own set of emojis or copy/paste it into the text.

This isn't the first time emojis have caused trouble with law enforcement officials. Click here to see why a 17-year-old was arrested because of an emoji she posted.

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