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Facebook, Instagram Crack Down on Gun Sales

The sites made policy changes after pressure from the local gun control group.

A gun group on Facebook.
A gun group on Facebook.
Facebook and Instagram will institute new policies to prevent potentially illegal gun sales after pressure from a Boston group.

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America lobbied the social networking sites for months, arguing the platforms make it easy for people to buy or sell guns—in some cases without a background check.

The sites have agreed to delete reported posts that offer to buy or sell guns without a background check. They will also block users under the age of 18 from viewing reported private gun sales posts from individual sellers or other pages used primarily for private gun offers.

"We are happy that these companies listened to American mothers and we believe these changes are a major step toward making sure people who buy or sell guns on their platforms know the law, and follow it," said Moms Demand Action founder Shannon Watts in a statement.

This is the second time in recent months the group has lobbied for high-profile gun control measures. The group last year demanded that Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz ban guns from his stores. In September, Schultz wrote an open letter asking patrons to not bring in guns.

Moms Demand Action is also demanding that Staples no longer allow customers to carry guns in stores.
Gun Rights March 10, 2014 at 07:53 AM
Interstate sales are allowed, but must go through a FFL for the transfer. On a final note, over the weekend I purchased a handgun from someone I met on FB. It was a very pleasant experience. Filled out the eFA-10 in 5 minutes and I was on my way home.
Prometheus March 10, 2014 at 08:02 AM
Gun Rights...thanks for the clarification. If you are ever selling anything....let me know....lets include the Patch as well. Before you ask....I never sell anything....just hoping you have run out of room.
Gun Rights March 10, 2014 at 08:37 AM
Do a search on facebook for the group "guns of mass for sale/trade" very polite group of individuals
B/STOCK March 10, 2014 at 03:16 PM
Gun Rights: Watch out. You can go blind reading all the MA firearms rules. The two approved weapons rosters, will drive you crazy too. Some firearms on one roster and not the other. I know of cases where people wanted non-roster firearms transferred and they just had a FFL register the frame with the SN on it. Gun Rights, your are interpreting my post correctly by saying what " CCW holders will often forfeit the battle even though they know they could win". I wish Aspir7n would chime in and personally clarify what is so sad about this. Many unarmed people are just as civilized and under control and will ignore an idiot or incident. I still stand by my original post that armed people are generally more polite. We back off of any situation that could escalate into violence. Gun Rights. As a RI resident I do not think I can loan a pistol to a MA resident or should I say a MA resident cannot be in possession of my pistol. I could be wrong and if so let me know. Not that I would ever do that because it's legal for me to loan my car to anyone but if they get in an accident I will be liable. Same with the firearm. Have a good day all. Spring is coming.
steve forte March 10, 2014 at 03:23 PM
Funny ya mention Mass. I have a customer who is on Nemlec ( aka swat team) He cannot legaly own some guns that any NH res can. Those type of laws are ridiculous.

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