It’s Time to #EndFacebookGunShows

“I’m not running a background check ;)”
–Comment left by a woman selling her DPMS Panther Arms 223 A-15 rifle on Facebook.

fb-meme-criminals1Believe it or not, both Facebook and Instagram (owned by Facebook) allow people to use their platforms to initiate private sales and trades of guns. In many states, these transactions can take place without a background check.

That means Facebook and Instagram are enabling people to sell weapons, “no questions asked” to strangers. Anyone who couldn’t pass a background check—for instance, a domestic abuser or a felon—can just log on to the social media gun show on Facebook or Instagram and find a private seller. In fact, you have to provide more information to create a Facebook account than you do to complete a gun sale or trade initiated online.

Join us in urging Facebook and Instagram to immediately enact a policy prohibiting all gun sales and trades—especially those among private sellers—on their platforms.

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HOW TO TAKE ACTION:
  • Print out this Facebook status template and write in why you want Facebook to stop allowing gun sales and trades. Then take a photo of yourself holding your status, and send it to photos@momsdemandaction.org
  • Sign our petition asking the CEOs of Facebook and Instagram to enact policies prohibiting private sales
  • Post comments on the Facebook pages of Facebook and Instagram demanding that they ban gun sales and trades on their platforms. Use the hashtag #EndFacebookGunShows
  • Tweet @Facebook and @Instagram with the hashtags #EndFacebookGunShows #gunsense and #momsdemand. Visit our Fast Tweet page for pre-formatted tweets.

Let Facebook and Instagram know that we expect them to keep our social networks safe.