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Connecticut Senators Praise Facebook For New Policy On Gun Sales

Senators Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal issued a joint statement applauding the efforts of Facebook to curb illegal gun sales.
Senators Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal issued a joint statement applauding the efforts of Facebook to curb illegal gun sales. Photo Credit: Contributed
Senators Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal issued a joint statement applauding the efforts of Facebook to curb illegal gun sales.
Senators Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal issued a joint statement applauding the efforts of Facebook to curb illegal gun sales. Photo Credit: Contributed

FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- U.S. Demcroatic Sens. Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut issued a joint statement following Facebook’s action to curb the illegal sale of firearms.

The social media company, which also owns Instagram, announced it would no longer allow sales posts that indicates a user would like to sell a gun without requiring a background check.

The full joint statement is below:

"We’re glad that Facebook and Instagram have taken a stand against gun violence. Their commitment to delete posts that offer gun sales without a background check and prevent underage users from accessing private gun sales demonstrates a strong sense of responsibility and other companies should follow suit. The fight against gun violence isn’t something any one person or organization can take on alone. We’re going to get much better results if public and private organizations work together to curb our nation’s gun violence epidemic."

"We also applaud the advocates who pushed Facebook and Instagram to implement these better, safer policies. These advocates are fighting tooth and nail to encourage Congress and private organizations to take a stand against gun violence, and we’re proud to stand with them every step of the way."