Facebook does not “Like” illegal gun sales.
On Wednesday, the company announced that it was taking steps to curb illegal firearm sales, including taking down posts that offer to sell guns without background checks.
“Responsible social media sites know that it is in no one’s interest for their sites to become a 21st-century black market in dangerous and illegal goods that place our families and communities at risk,” New York State Attorney General General Eric T. Schneiderman said at a press conference on Wednesday.
Is This Really A Problem?
One thing is for sure: People are using Facebook and Instagram to find customers for licit gun purchases, which was legal before the announcement, and is still legal now. The Facebook group "guns for sale" offers exactly what it advertises. It currently has more than 213,000 “Likes,” with people selling everything from revolvers to semi-automatic rifles. There are plenty of other national and local groups as well, such as Guns for Sale in SC and Ohio Guns & Ammo (Buy-Sell-Trade).
Recently, however, concerns over illegal sales were raised after technology website VentureBeat published an article about a 15-year-old student in Kentucky who allegedly met a gun buyer through Facebook, bought a gun from across state lines and then brought it to school, according to the story.