Officials concerned over Instagram gun sales

(KSHB) If you thought Instagram was just for teens or cute photos, think again.

Social media sites are a growing marketplace for people to buy and sell guns, and law enforcement officials worry it could provide an easy avenue for weapons to fall into the wrong hands.

Instagram, which averages 55 million photos a day, is one of the hottest places for gun sales to date.

"You could post a gun and if you have a reasonable price on it, you could probably have six to seven emails in an hour," one gun dealer who wishes to remain anonymous says. "It's a little scary that some of the individuals I have seen buying and selling guns without doing any sort of background check."

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Spokesperson John Ham says the sales open up troubling loopholes.

"Where ATF would become involved is if that gun is sold, how that transaction takes place," Ham said.

Ham said the bureau has recently created a special branch to investigate illegal cyber guns sales. He went on to explain that the illegal activity usually stems from purchase made across state lines, and or sellers not knowing who the buyer is.

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