According to Richard Byrne Reilly of Venture Beat, it is entirely possible "for children, felons, and people without IDs," to purchase illegal weapons on Facebook, all in just 15 minutes.
A VentureBeat investigation has uncovered dozens of pages on Facebook where guns are for sale, including semi-automatic weapons, handguns, and silencers. While the transactions dont actually happen on Facebook, the social network is a remarkably easy way to find shady people willing to sell you a weapon no questions asked. The illegal transactions then take place in diners, dark parking lots, and isolated country roads away from the prying eyes of the feds and local police.
In Kentucky, Greenup County Sheriff Keith Cooper remembers when a call came into dispatch last October saying a 15-year-old student had been arrested on the Greenup County High School campus for carrying an unlicensed and loaded 9mm handgun to school. The boy was arrested and brought to Coopers office for an interview.
When Cooper, a former Kentucky State Trooper with a heavy Southern drawl, asked the kid where he got the gun, his reply was shocking: Facebook.
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