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Facebook changes gun policies to crack down on illegal sales

Caitlin McGarry | March 6, 2014
Users can still promote firearm sales, but there are a slew of new hoops to jump through.

"Our campaign exposed how simple it is for dangerous people to get their hands on guns, no questions asked, not only on Facebook and Instagram, but across the Internet," Mayors Against Illegal Guns chairman John Feinblatt said in a Wednesday statement. "Unfortunately, the 'private sale loophole' allows anonymous parties to sell guns without background checks, and there are simply too many ways for criminals, minors and other prohibited gun purchasers to get them easily with just the click of a mouse. We are grateful that Facebook and Instagram are making major moves to prevent these sales from happening via their platforms."

 

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