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Bits Blog: Facebook To Crack Down On Illegal Gun Sales

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March 05, 2014 AT 7:49 AM
Guns are all over Facebook and Instagram. People talk about them, display them and celebrate them. They also buy and sell them – sometimes in illegal ways. Federal law prohibits the sale of guns across state lines except by licensed dealers, while minors cannot buy handguns in any case. Reporters for VentureBeat wrote last week that it took them only 15 minutes to find someone on Facebook willing to sell them a semi-automatic rifle, no identification required.