Signs Of The Apocalypse: You Can Buy Guns On Instagram

Jordan Shepherd

Selling things on eBay or Craigslist is so early 2000s, and anyone who knows anything knows selling things on social media is the next big thing.

From sneakers to furniture and even cars, you can find pretty much anything for sale on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

The newest craze on Instagram is not about selfies or pictures of food. Instead, people are using the popular photo-sharing app to create a digital marketplace for buying and selling guns.

People are selling everything from handguns to AK-47s, and buying a gun is as simple as mentioning the person selling it in a comment.

The practice isn’t necessarily illegal, however, as federal laws and many states allow the sale of guns between private parties as long as they don’t frequently make transactions between each other.

“When a transaction takes place between private (unlicensed) persons who reside in the same State, the Gun Control Act (GCA) does not require any record keeping,” reads a statement on the ATF’s website. “

A private person may sell a firearm to another private individual in his or her State of residence and, similarly, a private individual may buy a firearm from another private person who resides in the same State.

It is not necessary under Federal law for a Federal firearms licensee (FFL) to assist in the sale or transfer when the buyer and seller are “same-State” residents.”

This doesn’t mean it is legal everywhere in the United States, though, as the statement continues:

“There may be State or local laws or regulations that govern this type of transaction. Contact State Police units or the office of your State Attorney General for information on any such requirements.”

Many people are calling Facebook, which owns Instagram, to block the sale of guns on the subsidiary, but there’s really no way to do this. All the people are doing on the photo-sharing app is talking about the guns, but they aren’t necessarily reaching binding terms in the comments section.

The censorship Facebook would have to enact in order to stop the gun transactions on Instagram would be so intrusive and a violation of user rights that it’s very unlikely Facebook would take action.

In the meantime, type in #AK47 or #AR15 and secure yourself a weapon on Instagram. Then, take an obligatory mirror pic while holding your new weapon. ‘Murrica.

Via: The Daily Beast, Top Photo Courtesy: Instagram

Jordan Shepherd


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