Facebook To Ban Private Gun-Sale Conversations

Facebook has announced it will no longer allow private gun-sale negotiations to take place on its social-media platform.
Facebook has announced it will no longer allow private gun-sale negotiations to take place on its social-media platform.

Facebook has announced a change in its Community Standards that will ban negotiations of private sales of guns on its social network and Instagram, its photo-sharing service. Licensed gun dealers and gun clubs can still maintain Facebook pages and post on Instagram.

The updated language under Facebook’s Regulated Goods tab reads, “We prohibit any attempts by unauthorized dealers to purchase, sell, or trade prescription drugs, marijuana, or firearms. If you post an offer to purchase or sell alcohol, tobacco, or adult products, we expect you to comply with all applicable laws and carefully consider the audience for that content. We do not allow you to use Facebook’s payment tools to sell or purchase regulated goods on our platform.”

Although Facebook was not directly involved in gun sales, it previously allowed gun sales to be negotiated. The new policy supposedly arose because the company is expanding e-commerce on the site, including allowing users of its Messenger service to send electronic payments to other individual users.

Facebook spokeswoman Monika Bickert, who oversees the company’s product policies, said in a statement,

“Over the last two years, more and more people have been using Facebook to discover products and to buy and sell things to one another. We are continuing to develop, test, and launch new products to make this experience even better for people and are updating our regulated goods policies to reflect this evolution.”

The company did not highlight the substantial legal safeguards built into delivery of firearms whose prices were negotiated online and then paid for. Facebook is based in Menlo Park, California.

Is curtailing private guns sales on Facebook a big deal to you? Let us hear your thoughts in the comments section below:

118 thoughts on “Facebook To Ban Private Gun-Sale Conversations”

    1. The kid who programmed face book is a liberal cool aid drinker and an Obama but kisser. Although he is a computer guru he follows in the foot steps of Bill Gates, computer smart but nothing between his ears as to real life

    2. I agree with William and have already abandoned Facebook. I challenge other patriots to do the same. Here are a couple of places I recommend. gundistrict.com and MeWe.com.

    3. I’m with you. Don’t know how much good it will do though. To many people would rather post their private lives on the net than protest anti gun rederick. Is that how that word is spelled?

    4. I have a license and saw this coming. Personally I do think that these companies are TRAITORS. They should not be allowed to sell anything if they discriminate against guns. Guns are the fabric of our nation the rights are guaranteed in the constitution. ANY BUSINESS DENYING THE PEOPLE THESE RIGHTS ARE TRAITORS!! Obama implemented his criminal policies in Chicago and murder rates in the worst city in the USA have risen over 50%. This city is proof that restricting guns only gives criminals the right to have guns. If they would have allowed people to carry like the constitution says they are allowed. Murder rates would have dropped to less than half of what they are now. Yes these anti gun policies really work. Every one should just shut down their face book accounts and some one will start and new face book that is not a traitor.

    5. I doubt if they’ll have much problem surviving without 2nd Amendment advocates. After all they are the ones putting a stop to firearm sales. I don’t like their actions but it is their site. But you can bet your sweet biffy if they were banning something involving gays, blacks, Muslims or any other type of special interest group all hell would break loose and the government would probably step in to put a halt to it.

    6. I agree.I also feel the ownership has reached the wealth that many who have done the same to be an elitist that is now a globalist. These people know that the only thing in the way of a world government is the U.S. Constitution .And one especially of the 2nd amendment , a key component of a force to confront dictators/corruption etc. in mortal defense of our Republic with it’s Constitution and Bill of Rights. ‘New world order ‘are ALARM WORDS.

    7. Facebook would scream like a smashed cat if they were allowed to only use some of the1st. amendment.
      Bunch of sorry pukes in my opinion.

  1. If FB even once slightly hampers my regular Constitutionally enumerated, God given rights, I will exercise my right of choice to boycott FB without a moment’s hesitation.

  2. There are a lot of people that sell here in South Florida on Facebook. Most specify that purchasers must have a CCW permit as that will keep buyers legit. I also see Facebook closing legit gun shop pages. The computer program can’t find these pages, some anti gunners are tagging the pages for deletion. Funny how ISIS and hate pages can still be up and running. There is a calling for all gun owners/sellers/shooters to BOYCOTT FACEBOOK next Wednesday February 10th 2016. SPREAD THE WORD!

  3. I closed my FB account because of this, it’s like PayPal they don’t like guns either, they need us more than we need them. I hope everyone that owns a gun will close there FB account.

  4. I am subjected to liberals extolling the virtues of. Bernie and
    Hillary. Why can’t they do what I do,scroll past?

  5. If Facebook wants to be an active extension of the political left, it will have to do so without me. I will close my account.

  6. Facebook is joining the other IDIOTS who think “Gun Control” measures are the answer. Limiting Legal Sales between private buyers is stupid. If a sale is posted in Facebook or any other Social Media, it’s already monitored and seller and buyers can be easily found if there is a need. We need “Stupid People” control. If they want to limit things, they should start with their children so they grow up with some respect and a working knowledge of tools, such as firearms. Tools are only as good or bad as the people that use them.

  7. Of course it matters to me and many others but unless your wealthy in this country your opinion and vote for that matter simply doesnt count. If you believe for a second that it does your kidding yourself.


  9. All gun sales should require an effective background check to keep them out of the hands of those who should not have them or else all background checks are useless. This does not deny anyone of his/her 2nd amendment rights. A responsible person would not sell a gun to someone of unknown character.

  10. Facebook, eBay, et al, would likely make less fuss about people doing drug deals online than they do about people trying to avail themselves of activity which is not only sanctioned, but protected by the U.S. Constitution. Time to turn up the heat. At the very least, let them know why you won’t be patronizing their sites anymore.

  11. I agree with Facebook! I have many guns and shoot 3 to 4 times a month {SASS} I believe in gun checks. How do you know who you are selling a gun to? Oh! One is only going to sell to someone they know? I don’t think so!

  12. I plan to stop using facebook and to encourage my friends to do the same. If each gun owner could get 10 family and friends to stop using fb I’ll bet it would change that policy.

  13. I’m in Michigan. As long as the firearm is shipped to a Federal Firearms Licencee ( FFL) and at that point, the background check is done, then there is no problem. I bought a rifle located in Georgia, shipped to an FFL in Michigan. I went through the required paperwork by ATI and now have my rifle. Same thing happens at gunshows.

  14. Well there you go , Based in California that answers everything . Cant wait for that 10.0 earth Quick

  15. You know I have been around Guns all my life (09/15/1955) I have killed deer, moose, coyotes and such. I build AR-10/15s. Can shoot a gallon milk jug at 500yds with my .308 and the ammo I custom reload myself. It is what I do and love! Yes love!
    My heart is into it my life is into it my son is into it my friends are into it people are into it.
    I carry a weapon when I am out to a Mall, movie, driving, with my granddaughter. Did I choose this no! Life has chose this for me.
    So, Facebook don’t choose to feel that all of us are going to use your site in vain! It’s social what we as gun owners do. Buy, sell, trade, talk, live. Yes Guns! It is not a bad word!

  16. Why do the sheep just let themselves be run over? I will very likely close my seldom used fb account. If people believe in a cause, then actions show it. Silence does nothing to protect our freedoms and a self determined action to show if you disaprove of something can have an impact. Let’s not just give lip service and then think we have accomplished something. Take a side and stand by your choice.

  17. Only idiots use social Media .
    Will never use any kind so I don’t give a crap about what Face book does.

  18. Yes it matters. Looking at the bigger picture you can see where rich liberals attempt to stifle the 2A and freedom of speech by owning the venues used in commerce. When does it violate free commerce in trade law across state lines of our nation?

  19. Looks like an opportunity for a progun version.
    There some fair closed to the public gun groups such as Savage 99, 356 Winchester, 375 Winchester etc. The good part is the ease of posting and picture sharing. The negative is no sub forums and no search which limits their usefulness.

  20. It would seem to me that they don’t support the constitution of the United States of America and are actively engaged in subverting it. Russia is a good place to move. I’ll pay for the ticket but it is one way. I’m tired of people in this country taking only the part they want and adding salt to the wound by making millions at it. Call me old and grumpy but also call me a Patriot.

  21. I’ve never purchased a gun off Facebook but I think it’s wrong for Facebook to be doing this. To me it’s just another step on our second amendment rights. I feel that this will be to first step in what, as a free person, people can go out of their way to find a reason to stepped on our personal rights.. What’s next people having fast cars being keep off Facebook or people talking about how to make cars go faster. After all look at the number of injuries and deaths caused by automobiles. Are there cars being sold over Facebook. People drive these cars to run up on the side walk to see how many people they can hit or take their car and try to run through parades to kill people. I think the Facebook should be held partially responsible to those people who got hit by cars that are sold through Facebook. This is just the start of a long line of political correction’s in our new way of life.
    Please God Help us!

  22. I would never buy or sell a gun on facebook, however I am against their decision to limit a persons right to buy or sell through a media outlet.

    1. I’m with you Sherm. However, it is Facebook and it the company wants to lose business and social whatever, so be it. We can vote with our fingers and not visit FB any longer.

  23. Just another example of the anti-gun left leaning folks that run Facebook. They don’t want to look at sensible solutions to gun violence so they as usual make it more difficult for the law abiding citizens to legally purchase a weapon.

  24. Facebook is not the police and has no business trying to regulate guns or anything else! I’m through with Facebook

  25. When or if this happens I will delete facebook from my computer and not be associated with any thing to do with facebook, looks like facebook has sold out to the left. We are no longer a Christian Nation according to dictator Obama and his Chronies. We no longer have freedom of nothing, we are controlled at every turn right down to what our children eat at school, and now Face book has faded in to this same oblivion, should have know it was coming sooner or later, they might be in bed with Soros.

  26. I wonder if this decision violates any interstate commerce laws. Also under federal law any pre 1898 firearm is exempt from gun control act of 1968 and does not require transfer by ffl. Its just another stab at second admendment rights

  27. I have used facebook for buying & selling guns and accessories for a long time and now that they are stopping that i have already stopped using facebook and i hope ever gun owner will do the same thing!

  28. I quit Facebook ( not a typo ) a couple of years ago and do not miss it at all. Plenty of good gun friendly sites out there. When are the 2A supporters going to get fed up with the liberal media bias and stop supporting it?

  29. I don’t think it’s a good thing for the public that appreciates it’s rights.

    It personally doesn’t affect me at all. I don’t use “Facebook” or any of the other “services” that could accumulate any/some info and later it all be assembled by anyone.

    As a retired Tech. I can tell you that the old adage : A human can make a mistake but, it takes a computer to REALLY screw things up !

  30. I don’t think it’s a good thing for the public that appreciates it’s rights.

    It personally doesn’t affect me at all. I don’t use “Facebook” or any of the other “services” that could/can/does accumulate any/all info and later it all be assembled by anyone.

    As a retired Tech. I can tell you that the old adage ,” A human can make a mistake but, it takes a computer to REALLY screw things up !” is more true than most people think.

  31. cancelled my account and blocked all notices. There are many other sites that don’t attempt to limit your choices as per the government sees fit. I am much happier on my new sites, less whiners too!

    1. Hi! Rick , what site is available to sell and/or trade any firearms ? Hope to hear from you soon!Thanks!Berry

  32. I’m to a point with our government and its heavy handedness and those colaberating with them, that yes I am done. It’s time to move on.

  33. In my state, private firearms sales are legal. I would understand banning illegal transactions, but to punish the population in whole is wrong. I for one, will NOT be participating in any E-commerce on facebook! And I can garenntee at least 3%of us feel the same.

Leave a Reply