Look At All These Guns People Are Selling On Instagram

Most people use Instagram to share cute baby photos or pictures of cupcakes. But it's being used for a potentially more nefarious purpose: amateur gun sales in a totally unregulated market.

If you're social-media savvy and in the market for a gun, here's the perfect, completely unregulated market just for you: Instagram. A simple search on the service using a hashtag like "forsale" will surface a host of "semi-anonymous private and professional dealers" advertising and peddling firearms, as The Daily Beast reports. It mostly works like Craigslist. "Asking $3000 for everything," a seller might say, eliciting bids right under the photo, until the conversation eventually travels elsewhere to complete the deal.

Except on Craigslist, none of that would be permitted under its policy against arms dealing; on Instagram, it is. Since the main purpose of Instagram is to enhance photos of babies and food, the photo app doesn't have any implicit weapons-sales policies. Without an official policy from Instagram, selling guns online is "complicated," but not necessarily illegal, says The Daily Beast.

Of course, that doesn't mean it's a good way to buy or sell a gun. "We are definitely concerned about the public safety implications of unregulated online gun sales, primarily the ability of sellers to skirt background checks and trafficking in firearms--both legal and illegal guns--to prohibited persons," Sam Hoover, a staff attorney with the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence told The Daily Beast.

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  • docwatson

    Rebecca, please stop parroting MSNBC; my J-School instructor, Ed McFall, most likely would have given you a 'D' on fact-checking.

  • SirGregor

    Hey Rebecca, who the hell hired you? If you're going to write about something and post it on the internet, you should first make sure that you know what the #$&* you're talking about.

    Selling and purchasing firearms on the internet is perfectly legal and it does not change a thing regarding federal background checks. The seller must ship only to an authorized firearms dealer who then must complete the background check prior to completing the transfer to the buyer.

    Please do some research before beclowning yourself. Any leftist zombies who read your articles already have a tough time differentiating between the real world and reality as it is. They don't need people like you throwing more phony propaganda into their faces to confuse them even more.

  • SirRobin

    ha ha, you didn't come to this site actually expecting fair, balanced, researched and unbiased reporting on something that didn't fit the left's agenda did you? while they often have some interesting articles, the only ones that are close to unbiased and researched relatively well are on a piece of tech.

  • justinTimeAgain

    "Selling and purchasing firearms on the internet is perfectly legal and it does not change a thing regarding federal background checks. The seller must ship only to an authorized firearms dealer who then must complete the background check prior to completing the transfer to the buyer."

    ^^^ This ^^^

    Oh noes gunz un dah internetz! *eye roll* Also, that first image... Not sure how the hell they have an AR platform with no buffer tube extension, shooting 7.62x39 with a missing rear takedown pin.. Even piston needs a buffer and buffer extension tube. I callz Airsoft