How Gun Ranges Get Put In Facebook Jail

How Gun Ranges Get Put In Facebook Jail

Gun Rights

Facebook has been slowly tightening its rules and practices for the kinds of gun-related advertising it allows, and gun range owners are caught in the squeeze. According to Facebook’s policy , it does not allow ads promoting sales of firearms, silencers, other weapons like knives and fireworks, and ads promoting the brandishing of firearms. It does allow things like ads promoting blogs, safety courses and accessories – the latter with limits. Three gun-range businesses, in Okeechobee, Fla., Davenport, Iowa, and East Earl, Pa., reported that when they try to boost posts that seem to fall into those “safe” categories, they’re blocked. Many gun ranges sell guns on the side as dealers, and offer training classes to go along with their ranges. Since the murder of Molly Tibbits , Jeanelle Westrom who owns Davenport Shooting Club, said she has increased her range’s training programs to include non-gun self-defense classes, primarily for women. “I am not allowed to to advertise those classes since I cannot boost any of our posts,” she said. The three-year old range expects $2 million in revenue this year and has about 15 employees, including part-timers. Westrom called Facebook a necessary evil these days. “My favorite was when we attempted to boost a post that said nothing more than ‘we support our troops.’ “It’s impossible to reach an actual human to discuss these issues with, leaving myself and Ian, my marketing guru frustrated,” she said by email. I reached out to Facebook’s small business executives, sending a […]

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