Trolling for the sake of media attention has always been a known trait of users on the web forum Reddit. But the user "x—-x—x-x" has stretched the boundary for Reddit trolling. Gawker's Adrian Chen reported Thursday that "x—-x—x-x" posted an AR-15 assault rifle for sale on the subreddit r/gunsforsale. The difference between the assault-style rifle and other guns for sale on the subreddit is not just its similarity to the weapon used in the Newtown, Conn., school massacre. It's also branded with the Reddit alien logo.
Reddit's gun trading subreddit has more than 3,000 subscribers. Gun trading online is technically legal if the seller ships the gun to a licensed firearms dealer. At 10 PM Wednesday night, x—-x—x-x posted,
"UPDATE @ 10PM I've accepted a tentative offer from an individual who can do a face-to-face transaction, and if it falls through I will complete the sale with one of two out-of-state purchasers using an FFL transfer. Thank you all for your interest and time."
This post has been updated to include information about in-person transactions set up online.
If the firearm is not sold through an FFL transfer there is no way of tracing whether or not the purchase was made using background checks or if the purchaser even has a firearm license. According to redditor, Gabour who originally brought this to light, "He's doing a face to face without a background check. He's not exactly going to run a credit card when he sells it out of his trunk, right?"