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Social media affects gun sales

Judge John Wheaton Judge John Wheaton
Jackie Sizemore, owner of Backwoods Outdoors Jackie Sizemore, owner of Backwoods Outdoors
Lt. Chris Owens with Lee County Sheriff's Office Lt. Chris Owens with Lee County Sheriff's Office
LEESBURG, GA (WALB) -

A new tactic for selling guns is on the rise, and it has law enforcement worried. Some law enforcers are surprised to learn that people are using Facebook to sell guns, and they have some safety concerns.

While browsing on Facebook, you might see ads or friends posting about their day, but did you know there are fan pages about buying guns?

"You don't know who you are selling it to; you don't know who you are buying it from. It could be someone who used it in a crime or something and now they are trying to get rid of it. Or they sell it to someone who uses it in a crime themselves. I am not saying everyone does that, but there is that possibility," said Lt. Chris Owens with Lee County Sheriff's Office.

Legally you can sell guns person to person and over the internet, but the seller is supposed to follow proper regulations. "I'd have to have the serial numbers; I'd have to have all the information pertinent to that weapon. I just still feel like that the seller of this gun is still putting himself in a liable position," said Judge John Wheaton.

Some retailers say their business could be hurt by people selling guns on facebook without following proper guidelines. "Paper work, taxes all that kind of stuff that is involved, but it's no different than selling it in the paper," said Jackie Sizemore, owner of Backwoods Outdoors.

Officers say buying a gun through social media is risky, and they have advice for anyone considering it. "Make sure that you know for a fact all the information that you possibly can about the person that you are buying or selling to.  Make sure you know all the information about the firearm, the gun you are buying."

 Law enforcers say if you know that someone is selling or buying guns through Facebook illegally, you should contact your local law enforcement agency.

 

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