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Facebook Is Making Millions Off A Nationwide Gun Permit Scam

Postby jdege on Thu Jan 30, 2020 10:45 am

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/facebook-is-making-millions-off-a-shady-gun-group-that-cons-its-customers_n_5db0b401e4b0d5b7894548fc
Facebook Is Making Millions Off A Nationwide Gun Permit Scam
Concealed Online customers could be breaking the law without even knowing it.
One of Facebook’s biggest political advertisers is running an elaborate scheme to trick people into believing that a legal “loophole” allows them to qualify for and purchase concealed-carry permits online. The multimillion-dollar ad operation actually sells handgun safety certificates rather than legitimate permits, and urges people to buy them right away before Democrats intervene.

Facebook’s lax ad policies — and America’s notoriously loose gun laws — are working in tandem to create a dangerous situation where misinformed buyers could unwittingly end up carrying concealed weapons illegally, law enforcement experts warn.


This, of course, HuffPost, which means it's anti-gun nonsense.

But this really does look like a scam.

The direct URL is here:
https://www.concealedonline.com/

And it doesn't look problematic.
This site provides the training and documentation of competence with a handgun, which may qualify you for a Virginia State Resident or Non-Resident Concealed Carry Permit.

We are not associated with the State of Virginia; we are an independent training website.


Is there really a second landing page?
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Re: Facebook Is Making Millions Off A Nationwide Gun Permit Scam

Postby Rip Van Winkle on Thu Jan 30, 2020 10:56 am

"America’s notoriously loose gun laws"?

Where?
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Re: Facebook Is Making Millions Off A Nationwide Gun Permit Scam

Postby BigBlue on Thu Jan 30, 2020 11:05 am

Repeat the lies often enough and eventually everyone will think they are true. The mantra of the antis and the left.
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Re: Facebook Is Making Millions Off A Nationwide Gun Permit Scam

Postby yukonjasper on Thu Jan 30, 2020 11:21 am

Rip Van Winkle wrote:"America’s notoriously loose gun laws"?

Where?


It should read ".....notoriously loosely, inconsistently enforced and prosecuted existing unconstitutional 2nd Amendments infringements.....".
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Re: Facebook Is Making Millions Off A Nationwide Gun Permit Scam

Postby jdege on Thu Jan 30, 2020 5:08 pm

We have a company in California offering training sufficient to obtain a Virginia carry permit, telling their customers that they need to get their permit from Virginia, and selling their training to people who do not live in states that recognize the VA permit.

Seems to me that the only possible crime here is misrepresentation.

And I'm not seeing that on the public website.

This site provides the training and documentation of competence with a handgun, which may qualify you for a Virginia State Resident or Non-Resident Concealed Carry Permit.

We are not associated with the State of Virginia; we are an independent training website.


Is HuffPost assuming that the gun owners who enroll in this training are as ignorant about guns and gun laws as they are?

Or is there something I'm not seeing?
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Re: Facebook Is Making Millions Off A Nationwide Gun Permit Scam

Postby Lumpy on Thu Jan 30, 2020 6:32 pm

Does the online course in fact qualify one to obtain an out-of-state permit from at least some states? If so it's legit; if it only offers their own in-house "certificate of competence" which "may" qualify one for a permit, then it's a much shakier deal.
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Re: Facebook Is Making Millions Off A Nationwide Gun Permit Scam

Postby Rip Van Winkle on Fri Jan 31, 2020 5:59 am

jdege wrote:Is HuffPost assuming that the gun owners who enroll in this training are as ignorant about guns and gun laws as they are?

Or is there something I'm not seeing?

I'd say they're just trying to foment outrage and angst among their ignorant readership.
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Re: Facebook Is Making Millions Off A Nationwide Gun Permit Scam

Postby Ironbear on Fri Jan 31, 2020 8:31 am

Lumpy wrote:Does the online course in fact qualify one to obtain an out-of-state permit from at least some states? If so it's legit;

Virginia accepted my Hunter Safety certificate as adequate proof of training, so it isn't hard to qualify.
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Re: Facebook Is Making Millions Off A Nationwide Gun Permit Scam

Postby Holland&Holland on Fri Jan 31, 2020 9:25 am

I read this as “Facebook is a scam”.

Yup
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