Statement from Dan Gross, Heidi Yewman, Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 5, 2014 at 12:31 p.m.



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New Facebook Policy Will Not Do Enough to Prevent Unchecked Gun Sales

According to the Brady Campaign

WASHINGTON, March 5, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- "This new policy

is not a victory because Facebook continues to make it too easy for

dangerous people to evade a background check when buying guns. A mere

warning to follow the law and community-based reporting will not do

enough to prevent unchecked gun sales to dangerous people," says

Daniel Gross, President of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun

Violence. "As we and thousands of others have told Facebook,

unlicensed gun sales have no place on the social network. Facebook

should prohibit all posts that advertise the unlicensed sale or

transfer of firearms in the United States. Sadly, it's only a matter

of time before a gun purchased through Facebook without a background

check is used in a terrible tragedy. "

"Facebook and Instagram are great platforms to share opinions,

memories and photos, but they shouldn't be providing opportunities for

criminals to evade background checks and get guns," says Heidi Yewman,

spokesperson for the Million Mom March and Brady Campaign

Chapters. "As a parent, I'm disappointed that an industry leader like

Facebook is way behind on such an important issue involving the safety

and security of us all. I stand with moms across the country and ask

that Facebook and Instagram join Craigslist, Google and eBay and

prohibit unlicensed gun sales."

The mission of the Brady organization is to create a safer America

that will lead to the dramatic reduction in gun deaths and injuries.

The Million Mom March, united with the Brady Campaign, is a nationwide

network of grassroots chapters and activists who work to promote

sensible gun laws across the country. The "Million Mom March" rally

was the largest of its kind, uniting mothers across the country on

Mother's Day in 2000 on the National Mall in Washington, DC in order

to promote stronger gun violence prevention measures.

SOURCE Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence

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/CONTACT: Jennifer Fuson, 202-370-8128, jfuson@bradymail.org

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