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.

By Jason Claffey

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.

Daniella Ruiz March 06, 2014 at 07:20 AM
they make PINK guns??? do they come in other pastel colors too? now there's some real issue if they don't make them to suit everyones tastes! do the slugs come in various shades as well, with special designs on the shell's, so classy people can show them off while they reload during a heated Staples standoff?
Grunt March 06, 2014 at 08:53 AM
I have but one question for the “Gun Control” lobby: What is the plan to take guns away from criminals and the mentally Ill? The gun control lobby has shown its plan to take guns away from law abiding citizens but has never presented a single plan that would take guns away from criminals and the mentally ill. Present that plan and you will be supported by everyone in the United States, except the criminal. Daniella, your comments on pink guns and designer shells are a-typical of the gun control lobby and demonstrate your ignorance of the issue. You represent them well.
jp1 March 06, 2014 at 12:14 PM
A little common sense does not hurt anyone.
steve forte March 06, 2014 at 04:57 PM
Why are there 2 threads on this?


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