Moms petition Facebook, Instagram to stop allowing gun sale ads

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Jenn Lynch is just one of thousands of mothers in Oregon and more than 100,000 across the country signing the Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America petition, calling on Facebook and Instagram to prohibit gun sale advertisements on their sites.

Lynch says gun sales are not something she doesn't want her kids stumbling across when going to sites like Instagram or Facebook with their friends.

Lynch, who is part of the Oregon chapter of Moms Demand Action, told KATU's Emily Sinovic, "This a family issue for us. This is a big issue for moms, and we feel like this is a public safety issue and a public health crisis."

The letter is addressed to the CEOs of Facebook and Instagram, asking them to follow in the footsteps of other websites like Ebay and Craigslist that do not allow private gun sales.

Lynn also says Oregon moms are working with state legislators to expand the use of background checks to private gun sales, but Lynn does not believe any change in legislation will happen by this current session's conclusion.

KATU spoke with one of the gun dealers listing guns for sale through Facebook. He did not want to be named but said there are many gun sellers who are reputable and tell buyers a background check is required. The same gun dealer also said some dealers never run a background check.