Sketchy Gun Dealers May Be Using Instagram for Shady Sales

Want to buy a gun without a license? Try Instagram. Apparently the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives doesn’t have a restriction against selling guns to unlicensed persons, so long as they are in the same state. Also, Instagram has no policy regarding the issue in its terms of use.

So there you go. Guns sales via Instagram. You can even do a hashtag search. I did one for #GunForSale and found an AR-15 that can be mine for just $1000. The “listing” did say that they would be shipping it to my FFL (federal firearms license) dealer for paperwork, but what’s to stop unscrupulous people from shipping directly to the person?  


I am all for the Second Amendment. I don’t even think AR-15s should be banned. I think private citizens have a right, even a responsibility, to protect themselves, and the best way to protect against the bad guys with guns is for the good guys to have guns too.

That being said, there has to be some regulation involved. Are guys like Adam Lanza, Jared Loughner, and James Holmes perusing social media sites for weaponry? Do we really need an easy way for koo-koo crazy people to get their hands on firearms without a license?

I love social media and its ability to connect people that you might not meet otherwise. But like every good thing, there’s always a dark side -- and it seems like this could be a dangerous one.

Do you think social media sites should allow gun sales?


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