Facebook To Prohibit Private Firearm Transactions

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Just last Friday, Yahoo News posted an article about Facebook’s new policy to prohibit firearm transactions that circumvent background checks.

All of the Facebook groups I am a member of have posted warnings regarding this policy change.

From this moment forward, there will no longer be any private sales conducted within the group. This rule will remain in effect until we know more about Facebook’s change in policies. As much as we do not agree with it, we must comply in order to keep the lights on. Thanks for your understanding.

If you look at the new Facebook policy it is only trying to prevent transactions that skip background checks. They may allow transactions that require background checks, like handgun sales. In the state of PA all handgun transfers require a background check.



Nicholas C

Co-Founder of KRISSTALK forums, an owner’s support group and all things KRISS Vector related. Nick found his passion through competitive shooting while living in NY. He participates in USPSA and 3Gun. He loves all things that shoots and flashlights. Really really bright flashlights.

Any questions please email him at nicholas.c@staff.thefirearmblog.com


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  • Andrew

    “In war, before you can cut off your enemy’s supplies, you must first disable their communications.”

    – Hillary Rodham Clinton
    Former United States Secretary of State

  • BattleshipGrey

    Saw this on arfcom:

  • miki

    facebook ?
    what is facebook?
    is it good for something?
    do not have facebook.

    • Sgt. Stedenko

      It’s something my kids used about 10 years ago.
      They have now moved on as they realize the lameness of FB.
      I never had an account, but from what i gather, its populated with soccer moms trying to stay relevant with their kids and lonely people looking for old HS romances

  • Major Tom

    As if there weren’t enough reasons to stay away from Farcebook.

  • Tim U

    All of the group’s I’m a part of are building alternate venues to do the exact same thing, just away from Facebook.

    In my opinion, this was a good thing because it finally gave some of those Facebook alternatives out there that actually care about privacy or the users some attention. Without this, everyone just stays on FB assuming it’s the only one.

    Oh, and Hillary, et al – “you can’t stop the signal.” 🙂

    • sean

      I love Firefly, this made me smile

  • ilpo

    That’s fine. Facebook is a private company.

    • Hensley Beuron Garlington

      Though that’s correct, and I agree its their right, we don’t have to agree with their decision and can seek alternatives. There just aren’t many, if any alternatives nearly as feature rich and easy to use nor even a fraction of the billion plus user base they have. I’m actively going through a few more, Second Amendment friendly alternatives, but I’m going to miss the freedom we had with those groups on Facebook and the exposure because of that large user base.

    • Tassiebush

      That’s true.
      It’s been allocated such a central role in social media to the extent that even government online presence is often very Facebook focused (Australian perspective but assume that’s international). When so many people and entities support it and it occupies such a central role it should really be quite neutral but it clearly isn’t.
      Clearly consumers need to value neutrality and vote with their feet.

  • Hensley Beuron Garlington

    TFB, please do a post on “Second Amendment friendly” alternatives to Facebook. That would be great. Thanks.

    • Andrew

      Faceglock, Instagun, TriggerTweet, Shotchat

      • Hensley Beuron Garlington

        I like all of those. You should be in marketing if you’re not already.

  • Will

    Who would be silly enough to sell a gun, to an individual, on social media?
    If you know someone well enough to sell them a gun you should have their phone number. Call them and avoid the hoopla.

  • USMC03Vet

    Just another step in the culture war to delegitimize legal behavior by consenting adults for the end game of intense government regulation and finally criminalization. Just shows how out of touch companies are that are willing to defy American culture and their users because their ideology insists they force their world view.

    Streisand effect Facebook with firearms is the only proper response to this.

  • C. Her

    Back to Armslist I guess for overpriced stuff.

  • Sulaco

    On orders from the criminal White House apparently after a “conference” with the dictator. But really why one exposes one self to the Facebook mafia for any reason, loss of privacy, doctored search results and selling of members confidential information to others, no FB now not ever.

  • Broz

    Gun District is a shooter/gun owner/gun guy friendly social media…SCREW Facebook…check out Gun District…

  • Bill

    Do people besides kids, housewives, and sexual predators actual use Facebook? I mean for anything serious? The department has a page, that’s mostly for road closures and snow warnings.

  • smartacus

    If you still use fakebook or allow your kids to use fakebook; you are part of the problem

    • lbeacham

      Right on. I tried it for 2 days years ago. Quickly decided it was for idiots and narcissist.

  • MrEllis

    Everyone is sue happy, people have no one to thank but themselves for this.

  • lifetimearearesident

    Spend more time on 24hourcampfire or ar15 or rimfirecentral etc. They all have free classified sections and since many of us don’t participate in Facebook anyway who cares about them?