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Facebook Wants To Block Illegal Gun Sales 310

Nerval's Lobster writes "Most of the time, Facebook allows its users to hawk goods or solicit donations on Pages or Timeline postings, comparing such activity to placing a physical note on a bulletin board at a supermarket. Now it plans on regulating users who rely on this method to sell what it calls 'regulated' items, which includes firearms. 'Any time we receive a report on Facebook about a post promoting the private sale of a commonly regulated item, we will send a message to that person reminding him or her to comply with relevant laws and regulations. We will also limit access to that post to people over the age of 18,' Facebook announced as part of the new rules. The social network will also prevent users from posting any sort of items 'that indicate a willingness to evade or help others evade the law,' which means no offers to sell firearms across state lines or without a background check. Presumably, Facebook will have filters in place that allow it to scan for such content. Facebook is a private network, of course, and not (despite its ubiquity) a public utility — meaning it can do whatever it wants with regard to Terms of Use. But that likely won't stop some people from complaining about what they perceive as the company overstepping its boundaries."
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Facebook Wants To Block Illegal Gun Sales

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  • by Pizza ( 87623 ) on Wednesday March 05, 2014 @06:37PM (#46413557) Homepage Journal

    It's expressly legal for private inviduals to sell to other private individuals (without crossing state lines) without a background check; indeed it's *illegal* for said private individuals to perform such a background check, at least on the federal level.

    Now you may have some sort of state/local law that requires checks between inviduals, but sheesh.

  • by CrimsonAvenger ( 580665 ) on Wednesday March 05, 2014 @08:18PM (#46414409)

    There is no federal law restricting private individuals from running a criminal background check prior to selling a firearm. I guess what you mean to say is that private individuals can't use the federal NICS system [] to perform the check unless they are Federal Firearms Licensees registered with the FBI.

    Which makes it impossible for a private individual to do a Background Check. Remember, a background check for firearms sale purposes is DEFINED as using the NICS system.

  • by CrimsonAvenger ( 580665 ) on Wednesday March 05, 2014 @08:26PM (#46414497)
    What's really pathetic about the definition of "assault weapon" is the "exception list" that the assault weapon ban(s) included.

    For instance, an AR-15 clone is an evil assault weapon.

    A Mini-14 is on the exempt list, so it's not. Even if you modify the Mini-14 to have a pistol grip, a large capacity magazine, a flash suppressor, a tac-rail, it is STILL EXEMPT!

    So even if it looks just like the AR-15 clone from more than five feet, the AR-15 is an EVIL ASSAULT WEAPON!!1!1, and the Mini-14 is a prefectly legal varmint rifle....

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