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Caught in the Net: eBay

After purchasing a gun through online auctioneer eBay, one member of Britain’s Parliament is accusing the site of aiding criminals. "This site is being used to facilitate a trade in illegal weapons," says Member of Parliament Stephen McCabe, who also documented numerous guns for sale on eBay. He went on to explain: "The way in ...

After purchasing a gun through online auctioneer eBay, one member of Britain’s Parliament is accusing the site of aiding criminals. "This site is being used to facilitate a trade in illegal weapons," says Member of Parliament Stephen McCabe, who also documented numerous guns for sale on eBay. He went on to explain: "The way in which the sellers work is simple. They advertise an empty bag or box. The buyer bids for that bag or box, and… the seller throws in the gun for free." EBay says it is "determinedly opposed to gun sales," but it has yet to explain how it will curb the traffic.

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