After almost a month of pressure by Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG) and Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense in America (MDA) to get Facebook to “prohibit the private selling or trading of guns on its platforms,” Facebook announced “new educational and enforcement measures for commercial activities” that essentially restate what a company spokesperson said a week ago when they announced Facebook is not an online retailer and does not sell anything–including guns.
Facebook’s March 5th announcement thanks “New York Attorney General Schneiderman, Americans for Responsible Solutions, Sandy Hook Promise, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, and Moms Demand Action” for all their input. But in the end, Facebook merely announced it “will not permit people to post offers to sell regulated items that indicate a willingness to evade or help others evade the law.”
This makes three straight losses for Moms Demand Action stretching from Starbucks to Staples to Facebook.
NRA-ILA executive director Chris Cox responded to Facebook’s announcement thus:
The NRA enjoys 150 times more support on Facebook than Michael Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns. That’s why Bloomberg and the gun control groups he funds tried to pressure Facebook into shutting down discussion of Second Amendment issues on its social media platforms. Bloomberg failed. NRA members and our supporters will continue to have a platform on which to exercise rights in support of their Second Amendment freedoms.
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