New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced that the social networks Facebook and Instagram have agreed to several actions to reduce the sales of illegal guns on their sites.

NYS Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

NYS Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

Specifically, the networks agreed to remove reported user posts that seek to circumvent gun laws, take action to prevent minors from viewing posts that aim to sell firearms, and provide education to better inform law-abiding private sellers of guns.

“We applaud the Attorney General for once again taking the lead to develop policies that will help protect public safety–and today’s announcement represents a useful first step,” said Leah Gunn Barrett, NYAGV Executive Director.

“We hope that Facebook, Instagram and other social networking sites will soon go further and prohibit all posts that advertise the unlicensed sale of guns. Such prohibitions will have a greater effect on keeping guns out of the hands of dangerous individuals such as felons, domestic abusers, the mentally ill, and even terrorists,” she added. FB-instagram

Read the Attorney General’s announcement here.