guns on social mediaNYAGV and other gun safety advocates are calling for social media sites such as Instagram, Twitter and Facebook to stop allowing unregulated gun sales on their sites.

Virtual marketplaces for gun sales are thriving on these sites, and the companies need to change their policies to put an end to this dangerous practice.

Leah Gunn Barrett, Executive Director of NYAGV said, “At least 40% of all gun sales in America are conducted without criminal background checks, enabling guns to fall into the wrong hands. The last thing we need is for social media sites likes Instagram, Twitter and Facebook to add to this problem by facilitating unregulated gun sales on their sites. We call on social media companies to act responsibly and change their user policies so that they don’t become online markets for unchecked gun sales.”

New York State Assemblymembers
Brian Kavanagh and Michelle Schimel launched an online petition campaign so others can join them in asking the social media companies to take this important step.

Sign the petition here to keep unregulated gun sales off of social media.