Austin Petersen, a GOP Senate candidate from Missouri, has been banned for 30 days by Facebook after he promoted an AR-15 giveaway to his followers.
According to Petersen's giveaway page, “Your right to bear arms is a fundamental, unalienable right protected by the Second Amendment. The government has no power to take away your means of self-defense.”
He explained that there are “no strings attached” and that all you have to do is add your name into the raffle to be considered to win the rifle and “stand up to defend the Second Amendment.”
This isn't the first time this has happened to Petersen, however.
In the fall of 2017, Petersen promoted the giveaway of an AR-15 to his follows and was banned for 30 days, but Facebook determined it was a mistake. Facebook believed Petersen was using its platform to act as a medium for the transaction of the AR-15, but he was only using the platform to promote the giveaway.
According to The Libertarian Republic, Facebook reversed his ban in 2017 halfway through the 30-day period after determining it was not a violation of its terms of service.
Because Facebook determined he did nothing wrong, Petersen did another giveaway in 2018, only to find out he was banned again.
He made the announcement on his Twitter:
banned from Facebook for 30 days... again.
— Austin Petersen (@AP4Liberty) March 7, 2018