Facebook Quietly Expands Ban on Private Firearms Ads to Include Licensed Gun Dealers


In January 2016, Facebook instituted a ban on private individuals advertising gun sales and, in July, expanded the ban to include licensed gun dealers, as well.

The expanded ban lumps Federal Firearms License holders (FFLs) who operate out of their homes with private sellers, although FFLs must do a background check for every gun sold, whether working out of their homes or not.

According to Forbes, the expanded ban was discovered when Christopher Dover formed a group in which FFLs could advertise guns on Facebook. His group was meticulous. It “required each post to be approved by an administrator before going up,” and “only approved posts from dealers who provided a valid copy of their federal firearms license … along with their contact information and hours of operation.” – READ MORE

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