Last Friday, Facebook announced that it would ban users from selling firearms on its social media platforms unless they are a licensed dealer.
The move has two goals: (a) ensure all buyers undergo background checks, and (b) attempt to eliminate illegal transfers or sales to prohibited persons, e.g., minors, mental defectives, felons, drug addicts, domestic abusers, etc.
Although it’s not known for being a gun exchange, Facebook has 1.6 billion monthly visitors. A non-trivial number of those visitors are gun owners who used the virtual community, and its photo-sharing service Instagram, to negotiate gun sales.
But that’s all over. Moving forward, only Federal Firearm Licensees (FFLs) will be allowed to conduct transfers, which means that prospective buyers will have to pay the dealer transfer fee and undergo a background check, according to The New York Times.
Naturally, gun-control organizations like former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety hailed it as a victory.
“Moms are grateful for Facebook’s leadership today in announcing that they will end all unlicensed gun sales arranged on their platforms,” said Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, which along with Mayors Against Illegal Guns makes up Everytown for Gun Safety.
“Two years ago, our campaign to get Facebook to change how their platforms host firearm sales resulted in nine new policies to curb children’s exposure to guns and to clarify state laws around selling and buying guns online,” continued Watts.
“Our continued relationship with Facebook resulted in today’s even stronger stance, which will prevent dangerous people from getting guns and save American lives,” said Watts.
Facebook has not yet released a statement explaining the decision or confirming if its new stance is a result of conversations with Everytown for Gun Safety.
Facebook currently prohibits people from offering marijuana, pharmaceuticals, and illegal drugs for sale on its platforms. Firearms are now on that list as well.
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