Facebook trying to stop illegal online gun sales

Published 03/06 2014 10:58PM

Updated 03/07 2014 12:38AM

Facebook is at it again: making changes for users.

The social media giant says the new changes are to stop illegal online gun sales and protect children from accessing firearms.

The company announced the changes for Facebook and Instagram on Wednesday.

Both social media sites will remove offers to illegally sell guns without background checks or sell them across state lines.

Users that sell guns, like the popular Facebook page "Guns for Sale," will get messages warning them about selling to minors.

Also, when users search for guns on either site, a message about gun laws will pop up.

"Well, anything that a company or person does to be more responsible to lower the rate of violence in our society is a good thing," says Daniel Woodall.

"Well, it seems very arbitrary to me that they would select guns of all things to try to limit,” says Kenneth Cochran. “It ought to be some of those other things that seem to be so much more dangerous to our kids. I don't view that with a very strong feeling about it other than it seems to be politically motivated." 

"Even with them trying to put emphasis on age or anything like that it still shouldn't be going over the website period of trying to sell a gun period," says Richard Benton. 

"Guns for Sale" issued a statement on Thursday saying: "We are a classified community that has been developed to help gun enthusiasts to legally buy and sell firearms. We 100% support the idea of keeping guns out of the hands of children and dangerous people (i.e. criminals who aren't allowed to own them). We applaud Facebook for taking a deeper look into this issue that will help make our country a safer place while still keeping our freedoms intact."

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