“Facebook and Instagram are effectively hosting online gun shows — allowing private sales and trades that are not subject to background checks,” said Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action.
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A pro-gun control group is calling out Facebook and Instagram for allowing members to post guns for sale, claiming this circumvents gun background checks and allows criminals to buy illegal weapons.
Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a non-profit group allied to Mayors Against Illegal Guns, is behind this campaign. The activist group asserts that Facebook and Instagram is allowing impromptu gun shows due to the practice of members occasionally posting firearms they have for sale or trade on the social media site.
Moms has launched an online crusade, largely through social media, to bring attention to what they feel is a way for criminals to get around mandatory background checks.