Selling Guns On Facebook A Problem Even Facebook Can’t Solve

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An AR-15 semi-automatic rifle. Ammunition for your concealed carry handgun. Your grandfather’s hunting shotgun.

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Virtually any gun, gun part or accessory you can think of is being sold or traded on Facebook FB +0.33% today, in flagrant violation of the site’s new policies.

In January, Facebook announced it was banning the private sale of guns and ammunition on its site and on Instagram, which it owns. The move was applauded by gun violence prevention groups that advocate for closing the so-called “private sale” loophole, where gun owners in most states are legally allowed to sell their guns without a background check.

But in the six weeks since, it’s clear Facebook’s new rules have done little, if anything, to stop the flow of guns on the social network. The website remains an online marketplace for coordinating and facilitating gun sales. Many users have turned to private groups to post photos offering guns for sale, allowing sellers to avoid the increased scrutiny that comes with public pages.

gunsforsale2.0FORBES tracked gun sales on private pages for weeks after a reporter gained access to more than two dozen groups by requesting to join them and being approved by group administrators. FORBES confirmed details of the posts included in this story with sellers, some of whom were willing to accept payment online through Facebook’s Messenger app.

To avoid being shut down by Facebook, an administrator in a group called “NYS Weapon Photography” warned members last month not to explicitly post their guns for sale. At least not to the entire group, that is:

Source : http://www.forbes.com/sites/mattdrange/2016/03/10/gun-sales-thrive-on-facebook-despite-recent-ban/#62522e715214

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