Elmer Fudd is going to have a MUCH harder time catching Bugs Bunny in the new Looney Tunes cartoons airing on HBO Max, because he's not allowed to carry a gun anymore.  And neither is anyone else.

Obviously, the change was made as a response to gun violence in the U.S., but one of the producers says "cartoony violence TNT the "Acme stuff" is still allowed.

Elmer actually got his gun taken away a while back, but nobody noticed.  In a Looney Tunes short called "Dynamite Dance" that hit YouTube last year, he goes after Bugs with a SCYTHE . . . you know, the thing the Grim Reaper carries.

But Bugs proceeds to blow Elmer up repeatedly with what appears to be a metric ton of dynamite.

Things may not be TOO sanitized though.  The producer says, quote, "We're going through this wave of anti-bullying, 'everyone needs to be friends,' 'everyone needs to get along.'

"Looney Tunes is pretty much the antithesis of that.  It's two characters in conflict, sometimes getting pretty violent."

Ethan Miller

(Deadline)