Why Facebook is banning gun sales from site

by Bamzi Banchiri  |  published on January 31, 2016

Facebook is banning the sale of private guns on its social network, and the Instagram photo-sharing service, adding it to a list of already prohibited items including, marijuana, pharmaceuticals, and illegal drugs for sale.

The ban will apply to private, person-to-person sales of guns, and will not affect licensed gun dealers, gun clubs, or retailers who advertise on the site. The move is intended to cut down the transaction of unlicensed guns, the company announced on Friday.

“We will remove reported posts that explicitly indicate a specific attempt to evade or help others evade the law,” the company said in a statement Wednesday. “For example, we will remove reported posts where the potential buyer or seller indicates they will not conduct a background check or are willing to sell across state lines without a licensed firearms dealer.”

  • Robert Griffith

    This is all sound and fury with almost zero substance to back it up. I suspect that anyone trying to sell a firearm by openly announcing it on Facebook to fish for a buyer is probably someone that is not legally entitled to possess a firearm in the first place and would probably care less if a potential buyer is legally entitled to purchase and possess a firearm under current laws. This so called ban will do nothing towards stopping felons from using Facebook for making arrangements to get together and illegally buy and sell illegally possessed firearms to each other. It will also do nothing to stop legal firearm owners from legally engaging in private sales of firearms to each other while using Facebook to make the arrangements. The black market in firearms existed long before Facebook came along and will continue to function in spite of Facebook’s ban.

  • pete G

    I am not a facebook member and i certainly wouldn’t be after this. Why don’t they just ban the 2nd amendment, traitors. Most members i believe signed up before they knew what facebook really stands for.

  • John Last

    I believe that you must have firearms purchased on the internet or by phone shipped to a licensed dealer, for pick up IN PERSON.
    In my unconsidered & non-professional opinion Facebook has been facilitating illegal firearms sales, for cha-ching !

  • icetrout

    Facebook = Myspace = NOT COOL !

  • teaman

    Anyone who uses FarceBook is a complete FOOL for it is run by totally perverted anti 1st & 2nd Amendment Zealots that live and work in the basement of an outhouse. If you don’t know what an outhouse is, ask your Grandmother.

  • reggie

    Zuckerberg is the same little punk that got his and wants to make sure no one else does. He wants to flood the US with any body from anywhere to take our jobs. His half BILLON dollar worth isn’t enough. This goes right along with his anti-American attitude.

  • marlio

    This Is Abridging Free speech. Go to unseen.is, they are americans

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