Don Beyer Applauds Facebook Action Against Illegal Gun Sales


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March 5, 2014 (Alexandria, Va.) — Don Beyer, former Lieutenant Governor of Virginia and candidate for the 8th Congressional District, applauded Facebook’s announcement today that it will tighten enforcement efforts on dangerous gun-related posts.

Both Facebook and its subsidiary, Instagram, announced that they will block posts advertising gun sales without a background check or offering to sell weapons across state lines illegally.  The social media giant also said it will block gun sale imagery from minors who use the sites.

The decision came after consultation with Mayors Against Illegal Guns, Moms Demand Action, Sandy Hook Promise, and Americans for Responsible Solutions, the political action committee of former Representative Gabrielle Giffords.

“Facebook’s action today is an important step in cutting down on gun violence in our communities,” Beyer said.  “We must make our country safe again by demanding comprehensive background checks, a ban on high capacity magazines and an end to the gun show loophole.”