January 29, 2016
The New York Times is reporting that Facebook is now banning the sale of firearms except through FFL dealers on both Facebook as well as Instagram. Of course Facebook is and never has been involved in the sale of firearms but host forums where citizens can exchange information about guns and accessories they have for sale.
Facebook is being pressured by Billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s big money lobbying groups such as Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America to restrict a citizen’s right to sell a used firearm. Even the ATF’s own regulations do not prevent someone of selling firearms as long as they are not running this as a business over a period of time.
“An individual between 18 and 21 years of age may acquire a handgun from an unlicensed individual who resides in the same State, provided the person acquiring the handgun is not otherwise prohibited from receiving or possessing firearms under Federal law. A Federal firearms licensee may not, however, sell or deliver a firearm other than a shotgun or rifle to a person the licensee knows or has reasonable cause to believe is under 21 years of age.”
It is already illegal for a private individual to sell a firearm they suspect or knowingly should not be allowed to own a firearms. Facebook’s new policy lumps legal firearms with the sale of illegal drugs.
We prohibit any attempts by unauthorized dealers to purchase, sell, or trade prescription drugs, marijuana, or firearms. If you post an offer to purchase or sell alcohol, tobacco, or adult products, we expect you to comply with all applicable laws and carefully consider the audience for that content. We do not allow you to use Facebook’s payment tools to sell or purchase regulated goods on our platform.
Facebook is not involved in the sale or transaction of any firearm. Citizens are simply using Facebook to discuss selling a firearm.