Online Gun Sellers Do a Bang-Up Business

Online auction sites and marketplaces for firearms are flourishing
Some online sales don’t require background checks Photograph by Francesco Nazardo for Bloomberg Businessweek

This October, Google joined other big online marketplaces including EBay, Craigslist, and Amazon.com in banning weapons listings on its revamped shopping site. The move, which the company said was in keeping with its advertising policy, predated the Newtown (Conn.) school massacre by about two months. Yet there is no evidence that Google’s action has curbed online gun sales.

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