Facebook to drop posts for illegal gun sales

Facebook to delete posts from users selling illegal guns, offering to skip background checks

Associated Press

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- Under pressure from gun control advocates, Facebook has agreed to delete posts from users selling illegal guns or offering weapons for sale without background checks.

The social networking site says a similar policy will apply to Instagram, its photo-sharing platform.

The policies announced Wednesday will be implemented over the next few weeks.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (SHNEYE'-dur-muhn) and gun control groups have been talking to Facebook to get restrictions.

The state requires a federal background check for private gun sales and prohibits selling some popular firearms, such as the AR-15.

Facebook says it will remove posts regarding buying or selling guns that indicate an attempt to evade the law, including interstate sales without a licensed firearm dealer involved.

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