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Facebook defends gun-law loophole firm as “political advertisers”


A gun safety group has criticized Facebook for taking what The Telegraph reports is millions of dollars in advertising money to sell permits to carry concealed weapons to people who lack real-life training in handling firearms.

The Telegraph quoted David Chipman, a senior policy adviser at the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence as well as a former SWAT team officer who has a concealed carry permit:

A company has choices to make, to look if it’s in the interests of their company to support people carrying guns that haven’t been trained to use them.I would just want [Facebook] to make that decision with eyes wide open. You don’t get that training by answering multiple guess questions on the internet.

Facebook’s records reportedly show that the platform has taken in at least $3.7 million since May, advertising what’s called the “Virginia loophole”.

The Virginia loophole

Virginia, a gun-friendly state, allows people from other states to take an online class, pay a...(continued)

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