Facebook bans private gun sales

The private sale of firearms is now banned on Facebook and its sistered site Instagram, the social media company announced late Friday.

The ban applies to private, person-to-person sales of guns, but posts by licensed gun dealers are okay. Facebook already prohibits unauthorized dealers to purchase, sell, or trade prescription drugs, illegal drugs, or marijuana.

Although Facebook has never been directly involved in gun sales, users have created groups used specifically for the sale of firearms.

At time of publication, Facebook did not have press materials readily available. Details were first reported by The New York Times.

Facebook updated it’s policy in 2014 to limit the sale of guns due to pressure from gun control groups. The company pushed forth efforts to block attempted sales to felons, minors or across state lines without an FFL.