Amazon Removing Gun Products From Store. Worse Than EBay.

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Amazon has begun automatically notifying some Amazon vendors that if they do not remove certain gun-related products from their Amazon listings they will be banned from selling on Amazon.com. Below is the text of an email sent to a gun accessories maker. I have replaced the list of products sold by the manufacturer with an X to protect their identity. The list includes common accessories that are allowed on even EBay.com, accessories that are non-essential parts and accessories that are (to the best of my knowledge) not restricted or banned anywhere in the USA.

This product has been identifed as a X. X are prohibited from sale on Amazon.

For more information on our policies, search on “Restricted Products” and “Listing Restrictions” in seller Help.

**Action Required: Within 48 hours of this notice, please review your remaining listings and make any changes necessary to ensure compliance with our policies.

Failure to comply with this request may result in the removal of your selling privileges.

We appreciate your cooperation and thank you for selling on Amazon.com.

To add insult to injury, Amazon had sales staff at SHOT Show looking for new vendors. The same manufacturer whose products are now banned met with two Amazon Vendor Managers at SHOT Show last month. Want proof? Below are their business cards (I have blacked out their names, again to protect the manufacturer) …

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As a gun owner I am outraged, as someone who spends a not-insignificant portion of my income at Amazon.com I know I am going to be inconvenienced by this and as an Amazon shareholder I am concerned that this is going to become a slippery slope where more and more products become blacklisted.

UPDATE: Amazon list banned weapon-related items on this page. Included in the list is “Parts or accessories related to assault weapons”. In other words anything related to a rifle (since there is no practical distinction between a so-called “assault rifle” and any other rifle). I can confirm they are banning parts that attach to, and are useful on, bolt-action rifles as well as semi-automatic rifles.

UPDATE: Edward Clone, a author who sells his books on Amazon, has written an open letter to the company regarding their stance on selling firearm-related accessories.

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  • Steve (TFB Editor)

    Amazon likes to defend 1A rights, does not seem very keen on the 2A

    • OhioTry

      Until you explain just what Amazon is banning, this article is useless.

      • Steve (TFB Editor)

        I cannot without identifying the vendor. As someone above posted, they have stated they are banning “Parts or accessories related to assault weapons”. So pretty much anything related to a rifle (or any type) is banned.

        • http://twitter.com/bholder006 blunder

          You can’t even mention what type of product it is without mentioning brand? Is it rails, a compensator, etc? You can still get optics, slide fire stocks, quad rails, muzzle breaks, folding stocks, etc… Many of which are directly fulfilled by Amazon.

          • Uncontested

            They banned many of Magpuls item, which were shortly re-listed with slightly different names from 3rd party sellers but are no longer offered by Amazon. How do I know? I was looking at my wish list where at one point I had added an ACS stock and its completely de-listed now. Its ironic because I purchased an ACS stock but it was the wrong one, needed nonmil spec and i returned it, directly from amazon.

    • GonzoI

      As much as I’m in favor of the 2nd Amendment, Amazon defends it’s own 1A rights, not ours. They have policies governing what literature can be sold on their site, so it isn’t different treatment for 1A vs 2A rights. And it is understandable that, by acting as the middleman in a sale, they take on liability that they may no longer want to take on.

      Without knowing what exactly they’re banning, it’s hard to tell if they’re taking an anti-gun stance, or just reducing risk. Even if it were an anti-rights stance, it isn’t the same level of attack as Google removing gun purchase related search results was.

  • Axel

    Should intolerance be profitable? You decide. I hope you are able to sell your Amazon stock and quit buying from Amazon. For me it’s an easy promise to make, I’ve never bought anything from Amazon. Now I know not to ever do it.

  • Raptor

    I’m trying to understand what they’re banning. I just ordered two different forward grips for my AR there, as well as a Troy Battle rail. I hope Amazon isn’t losing its mind to all this madness.

    • CR Cobb

      The purge has been started, but is not complete.

    • Leo Atrox

      Among the prohibited listings is the nebulous and entirely-subjective “parts or accessories related to assault weapons”. Given the lack of any agreed-upon singular definition of “assault weapon” and the modularity of the modern AR, any item which may be mounted on a rail or keymod mount–or converted to do so–and any parts, including stocks, are prohibited and may be delisted at the whim of Amazon.

      • Raptor

        Right, but if Amazon were starting this blacklist, wouldn’t they be enforcing it upon themselves as well? I bought these parts DIRECTLY from Amazon, not from a third party store.

    • http://www.facebook.com/bryan.mcmullen.35 Bryan Mcmullen

      The item pictured here is a book. A book that is a How TO, in the making of a hand gun. True censorship from the largest seller of books on the planet. Ideas have become a threat.

  • TangledThorns

    What kind of gun products are we talking about? I still see Amazon sells holsters and even plate carriers. For legality reasons I can understand why Amazon doesn’t sell magazines.

    • AK

      I know they ban plate, plate carrier!

    • Kevin

      Their terms have the wonderful prohibition of “Parts or accessories related to assault weapons”.

    • GonzoI

      Definitely a lot of details missing. It’s not clear in the blog post if the 48 hours has passed or not. Even if it has, they are apparently relying on sellers to remove product listings, so it may be a while before they go through and enforce this on whatever products are affected.

    • http://www.facebook.com/crab.tenthjar Mark Lee

      What legality reasons? They sold magazines for years up until a couple months ago. I’ve purchased about 5-6 different magazines from Amazon before they took them off. Are you saying “legality reasons” because of state bans? Because that was already addressed, certain round counts weren’t available to certain states. I don’t think that was the reason.

  • http://profiles.google.com/robertgevans Robert Evans

    The cold civil war proceeds apace, with individuals and companies choosing sides. If Amazon and eBay choose to be anti-gun, then gun owners and gun companies can take their business elsewhere. It’s also an opportunity for a bunch of bright entrepreneurs to step in and service what Amazon and eBay choose not to.

    • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

      Well they are and plenty of companies will fill the gap. Look how many are courting gun companies based in NewYork.

  • Burst

    This article, while well-intentioned, is so nonspecific as to be useless. What are the banned products in question- And under what heading of the restricted products section do they fall under? Unless the suggestion is that Amazon is trying to stop all gun-related sales?

    I will suggest that just because something is legal, it does not follow that it’s therefore free of liability, and associated costs.

    • Nadnerbus

      I suspect Steve was being purposely vague so as to keep the identity of his source obscured. I trust he has more to back his post than what he has so far revealed. More details would be welcome though. I’ll wait to see how things play out for a bit before I swear off Amazon forever, though, this may be a case of one hand not knowing what the other is doing or something like that.

  • http://twitter.com/GreatSatanInc GreatSatanInc.com
    • kjjohn

      “Parts or accessories related to assault weapons”
      Perhaps this is where the new product bans are coming from.

      • floppyscience

        Well that’s vague. A CAR stock may be an “assault weapon” accessory when stuck on an AR-15, but not on a pump-action shotgun. Are they just outright banning the “scary features” from being sold?

  • http://twitter.com/Bucherm Matthew Bucher

    I’m a bit confused. What products are we talking? It looks like it’s stuff like “homemade guns” books, there are still a plenty of firearm accessories…some even sold by Amazon.com itself. http://www.amazon.com/b/ref=sr_1_9_acs_h_1_3022168011&node=3022168011?ie=UTF8&qid=1360834417&sr=8-9-acs

  • Alexander

    Didnt buy at amazon before, and wont now. Dont see why anyone would want to buy at Amazon in the first place.

    • http://www.facebook.com/akmarksman William Hawbold

      Free shipping.
      It’s very nice if you live in Alaska and don’t want to get hosed on shipping costs.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bryan-Spiegel/100000495796324 Bryan Spiegel

      Availability and reviews. Price.. free shipping… its one hell of a marketplace.

  • Ray

    If I was richer or more skilled I’d see this as an opportunity and open a bookstore dedicated to anything and everything to do with weaponry. Amazon are just hurting themselves with this one.

  • Bill R.

    I have yet to see any issues with the firearm related items I buy from Amazon but I have been afraid of this type of thing happening. Hopefully this is just an anomaly and not a sign of what’s to come.

  • Tim Pearce

    Well, push come to shove, Gun Broker, or various other companies are more than capable of picking up the slack.

  • spraynpray

    I don’t know why any self-respecting gun owner would support Amazon given their history of groups that they support and the fact that they sponsored at least one gun buy back this year: http://www.businessinsider.com/amazon-seattle-gun-buyback-program-2013-1

  • http://www.facebook.com/akmarksman William Hawbold

    Well this sucks. I live in Alaska and have ordered gun parts from both ebay and amazon.
    Shipping from other outfits can really suck. Some outfits only want to use Brown or Fedex..which is fine if you live in the Contiguous 48. Not so much if you live in Alaska.

  • http://www.facebook.com/anders.albertsson.1 Anders Albertsson

    Please give us more information. I am an Amazon Prime member and spend hundreds of dollars at Amazon annually. If they are pulling some sneaky BS, I want to know about it. What items were pulled?

    • Leo Atrox

      I’m right with you. I’m a Prime member, and a Kindle Fire owner, and I was raised very near Amazon in Bellevue, WA (in a very libertarian corner of the country). I’m a loyal customer that spends a lot of money in the various Amazon marketplaces …
      Among the prohibited listings is the nebulous and entirely-subjective “parts or accessories related to assault weapons”. Given the lack of any agreed-upon singular definition of “assault weapon” and the modularity of the modern AR, any item which may be mounted on a rail or keymod mount–or converted to do so–and any parts, including stocks, are prohibited and may be delisted at the whim of Amazon.

    • Steve (TFB Editor)

      See the link in my updated post.

    • Shane

      I don’t know if you’ll see this so late but I just went to buy a magpul fore grip (previously available) and they are no longer available on amazon. I think I will take my business elsewhere.

  • gunslinger

    Steve

    i’m sorry, but the vagueness of the article leaves me with some major q’s. Amazon has a pretty clear policy on the web about what it allows and does not allow. I was able to search for things like holsters and scopes, and they are “permitted listings”. so i’m at a loss as to why this is a big deal. unless said vendors were selling permitted items, and now amazon says no.

    what i don’t agree with is what amazon says they can’t sell. gun barrels, chokes, firing pins, magazines… mace, tasers, etc. Oh, and especially the “Metal throwing stars, including: BATMAN SYMBOLS” (seriously wtf?) but that’s a different thing.

    can we get any more info? i mean this is like saying, hey this guy said he’s won’t let you sell “gun stuff” from his place. i mean, come on.

  • David in Philly

    From the photo included in the post, I would have guessed what was banned was a book called “Expedient Homemade Firearms: The 9mm Submachine Gun” by P.A. Luty, but that book is still available on the site. So I am as baffled by this as the other commenters.

  • SuperCaffinated

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html/ref=hp_rel_topic?ie=UTF8&nodeId=200277700

    The above is Amazons publicly posted restrictions on firearms/weapons and accessories sales. Some things they allow, some they do not. They also reserve the right to review specific items and make determinations based on policy if not specifically covered.

    The item in question in the image above could conceivably fall under the listings of automatic weapons and kits as it is an instruction manual for an automatic weapon build.

    I personally understand the decision. Please note that this does not imply my agreement or disagreement.

  • ian

    More gun owner victimhood and manufactured outrage. I was under the assumption that a company was allowed to choose which services and goods it wishes to sell.

    • Michael L. Seery

      Oh, you were not. Never had lunch in Greensboro, did you?

  • Rob Pincus

    Yes… details,including that name on the card so we can contact them and ask what’s up, would be nice….

    • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

      Rob, Read what Steve said in an above comment. The event is the business of the readers sources are not. Just wait for it.
      By the way I canceled my Amazon account earlier this evening.

  • unclezip

    If this is true, I’ll no longer shop with Amazon, and I will close my Kindle account.

  • Mr. Fahreneheit

    Eh.. Amazon can make their own policies and I have a choice to shop there or not. However, unless someone else starts up a company that lets me place a web order and have it at my house the usually next day for the bargain price of $79 a year, I don’t think I’ll be going anywhere else.

    Heck, I’ve had several instances where I was going to make a return and I got an e-mail back from them saying, “Don’t bother. Keep it and we’ll also credit you the cost.”

    You can’t beat customer service like that.

    • junyo

      Well, that last bit is more PR spin on a profit decision that customer service. Since Amazon pays return shipping, they’ve coded their return system to figure out the return cost versus the over/under on the SKU and if it will cost them money to take it back, they ‘magnanimously’ tell you not to worry about it. It’s clever, but it’s purely cost driven.

  • cyrano

    I just bought a stock wrench, brass catcher and single point sling mount just a week or so ago. A search of Amazon still shows them for sale. What items are restricted?

    • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

      Just wait—-

      • http://twitter.com/bholder006 blunder

        The “48 hours” from the warning email you guys copy/pasted is past by another additional 48 hours…

        Still no changes in policy. Each passing day strips more credibility from this story.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ashley.blythe Ashley Blythe

    This article, while it may be proven true in 48 hours, suggests that Amazon.com policy is rapidly changing against sellers of gun related items. This would prohibit hundreds of thousands of items which currently do not violate their stated policy on prohibited items as of 2/14/2013.

    Has the author, Steve, received confirmation of the same treatment from other Amazon store owners? If yes, I’m sure that would have been published here.

    Be careful screaming FIRE. You may look foolish.

    • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

      People can also look foolish if they don’t have a bit of trust in us. Have we ever steered you wrong on something this big? Ok I’m screaming fire!

      • http://twitter.com/bholder006 blunder

        Amazon is still listing many rifle related products contrary to your claims. It would be easier to take your claim serious if you provided something a little more concrete.

        • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

          They are now. This will happen pretty soon.

          • http://twitter.com/bholder006 blunder

            Based on what evidence? There have been so many calls on both sides of the 2a debate that I’d rather look at solid evidence before getting all ZOMG.

      • gunslinger

        Phil

        We do have some trust in you, but TFB has been forthcoming with evidence in other cases. here we have TFB saying “OH NOES AMAZON IS ANTIGUN, ZOMG!!!”. with all the anti-gun stuff going on, i want to base my opinions on facts, not crazed knee-jerk reactions. Would anyone believe me if i said.. hey don’t use a credit card. they rejected a friend of mine’s business from taking them because of something about guns. does that make sense to you? would you stop using your bank card because of that?

        and i find it hard to believe if you said what products we would be able to guess what company it is, but unless it’s something specific, like the slide fire stock or tannerite/binary compound targets (and i’m not sure if they sold directly on amazon) , i don’t see how saying “quad rail” “holo sights” etc… would single out a company.

        i mean, does anybody else know any other single product firearm companies?

        we just want a bit more to go on.

        Thanks

        (eta) not sure why there was a /brand tag at the end.

        • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

          Yes we have been forthcoming in other cases. This was a matter of wait until it happens and report it after the fact or protect the source and let the readers know what’s coming.

          The products are specific enough a good number would now who it is. If we have no integrity and fail to protect the source we get no information from anyone in the future.

          I’m sure Steve would rather take the amount of negative comments, which I honestly found surprising, than betray a trust. I know Steve well and I’m more than willing to take his word without all the facts. I was told what I was told and didn’t ask for the rest of the story. In my case it’s not blind faith but informed trust from his past track record.

          Some keep saying nothing has changed and I’ve checked. Well if it hasn’t happened yet why would you see change?

          When it’s all said and done I imagine at least some will owe him an apology. This is just my opinion and where I stand on this subject.

          • http://twitter.com/bholder006 blunder

            Protect the source from what? As per you, Amazon is already going to erase the source’s products from the marketplace. If anything, not naming the source prevents the pro-gun community reading this to intentionally make purchases from the source to show support.

            The notification in the article shows that these products would have been removed at LEAST 2 days ago. Yet Amazon still looks the same.

            Honestly, the source doesn’t even need named. Just one example of product that was removed should be enough for people to verify (not exact product model/brand, just product type). My guess is that these items were already banned by Amazon policy but they were overly lax on enforcement (like they are with a number of other things) until people report the seller for being in violation.

    • David Christian

      I can state unequivocally that Amazon is changing their policy as they see fit, in at least one instance they changed the policy after the fact to support their decision. I just had a listing for a Magpul sling removed (even though the exact same item is still for sale by dozens of other sellers and similar items are for sale by hundreds of others). At the time I complained, slings was not mentioned anywhere in the list of prohibited products. After they researched my case they told me to look at the policy and that “single-point slings or tactical slings” are prohibited. Sure enough, it is NOW on the list where it was not at the time I complained. I have a cached copy of the page to prove it.

  • Sianmink

    So it seems the only questionable bit is the ‘parts related to assault weapons’, which is worrying in its utter vagueness. I say we get a definition from amazon and go from there.

    • sianmink

      I’ve emailed them requesting a definition. Looking closer at their policy, they specifically allow listings of:

      Butt plates

      Holsters

      Laser sights

      Magazine loaders

      Pistol grips

      Reloading kits and equipment

      Scopes

      Stocks

      Trigger guards

      Anything else is up in the air.

  • http://twitter.com/bholder006 blunder

    I just compared their Help page on restricted weapons compared to a cached version of the page from 01/29/2013. There have been no policy changes in the past 2 weeks. I looked back at the policy from a cached copy from 12/06/2011 and there have been very few changes to the document. The only thing added to the list of example items that were banned was “bullets” and “shotgun shells” but those items were already banned an just not listed. Gun powder and “bullet tips” were already on the 2011 list.

  • Criticalthinkingiscritical

    Damn it. I buy the large majority of my gun accessories on Amazon.

    I’m sure they will continue to sell pornagraphy, products that encourage binge drinking (beer bongs), violent video games, racist literature, and bdsm sex toys. What hypocrites.

    More money to Midway and Cabellas I guess.

    • Criticalthinkingiscritical

      Not to mention accessories for illegal drug use (pipes, vaporizers, grinders, stash boxes galore).

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bryan-Spiegel/100000495796324 Bryan Spiegel

      Except the reviews on those sites are less than stellar. (“It came with a discount coupon, 8.5 stars!!!”)

      Amazon has a set standard, and this is disappointing. their rule about “Assault Weapons” is confusing and vague.

      • Criticalthinkingiscritical

        A very good point. The reviews on Amazon are far more in depth than Midway, Cabella, CheaperThanDirt, etc.

        Another bummer is this means no more two day free shipping. A surprising number of gun accessories (sights, AR slings, grips) I’ve bought from Amazon were actually fulfilled by amazon so they qualified for the Prime shipping deal.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bryan-Spiegel/100000495796324 Bryan Spiegel

    Ive emailed them through their services branch, looking for an answer to what they consider an “assault weapon”.

    • dub

      I did the same. Seems stupid to start flaming them when no one can give any details yet.

  • John

    Better send this to Glenn Reynolds/Instapundit.

  • smurf

    In the last week I ordered some revolver quick strips and a pocket holster. In the past I’ve order cleaning accessories and even sights. Prime shipping is great for small incidental <$10 items.

  • TX

    Well, our kids can still get plenty of AR-related stuff on Amazon, even if we can’t: http://tinyurl.com/bcq2mpp

  • http://twitter.com/bigsippin ren

    maybe has something to do with Washington state trying to push AWB bill too?

  • http://www.facebook.com/michael.hallett.31 Michael Hallett

    Well this is another company that I will not do business with. DONE WITH THEM!!!

  • ColonelWarden

    It looks like your selling a book on how to make firearms at home. You need a federal firearms license to manufacture firearms.

    • Kyle

      You need one to manufacture with intent to sell. You do not need one to produce your own fire arms for personal consumption as long as it does not violate NFA laws

    • sianmink

      Thanks, Clippy.

  • http://twitter.com/jd_ballistic JD

    I’ve ordered a ton of gun stuff via Amazon Prime in the last couple of months. In fact, I had all manner of Glock parts show up at my house just yesterday, and Froglube being delivered today. So…how are these decisions being made? What’s the test, as my Torts professor would say?

  • CR Cobb

    “Parts or accessories related to assault weapons.” Another company falls in line with the hoard of politically-correct sheep goose stepping their way to hell.

  • Leo Atrox

    Here’re the lists of permitted and prohibited items relating to “weapons”:

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html/ref=hp_rel_topic?ie=UTF8&nodeId=200277700

  • alex

    As a amazon assosicate who advertises gun parts on there website I have seen no such thing. For a more comprehensive understanding of what is and is not allowed http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html/ref=hp_rel_topic?ie=UTF8&nodeId=200277700

  • hkmk23

    It will be just a matter of time before gun related books and other printed material get pulled.

  • BeeKaaay

    Amazon is run by Marxists. Why is their actions a surprise?

    Don’t worry, they’ll ban Catholic books too.

    • http://twitter.com/Bucherm Matthew Bucher

      Yes, the most successful retail company on the Internet is run by Marxists.

      Tell me, is the sky blue on your planet?

      • BeeKaaay

        Slavery to Political Correctness makes you and Amazon fail to see clearly. A hallmark of Marxism.

      • BeeKaaay

        Slavery to Political Correctness makes you and Amazon fail to see clearly. A hallmark of Marxism.

        • Ronald

          You don’t even know what Marxism is. If you did you would realize your own opinions support Marx’s arguments.

          • BeeKaaay

            I do know what Marxism is, because I’m not a Marxist.

            The last thing a fish notices is water. You can keep swimming around.

          • Ronald

            You say you know what it is, yet you are not one. Have you read any of Marx’s books? What were his main theories?

            Interesting that you’d be channeling Marshall McLuhan with the fish comment. McLuhan was a supporter of Hegel, Marx, and, later, his contemporaries of the Frankfurt School.

          • BeeKaaay

            One tenet of Marxism is that ONLY the state shall have the right to defend itself. Ordinary citizens are never to have guns.

            Amazon hates gun so therefore they believe in this Marxist doctrine.

        • http://twitter.com/Bucherm Matthew Bucher

          “Slavery to Political Correctness”? Oh man.

          Pull up your big boy pants. Until I see Bezos running around saying that the State should take custody of the means of production for the workers, I’m going to call bull.

          Generally, incredibly wealthy businessmen(as opposed to celebrities who don’t have a dog in the fight) err on the side of capitalism, not state custody of production.

          • BeeKaaay

            Pay attention kiddo. I’m not talking about Communism, which is the ultimate goal of Marxism.

            I’m talking about Marxism, which spans the entire spectrum of leftwingwackoism.

            One key tenet of Marxism is incrementalism. Americans will never accept full blown communism, but if we just take baby steps every year, we will eventually get there Comrade.

            Boiling frog.

            This is what Marxism is all about.

      • Ronald

        Good point!

  • JMK

    I don’t know what they are trying to do but I can always take my business somewhere else. People are just getting down right stupid over this matter.

  • Fu#kObama

    The boycott can work two ways… I will never buy another thing from Amazon.com…

  • purplelighter

    Unless the 2A has been changed to include Buy gun parts wherever you want, this has nothing to do with 2A rights. You going to boycott your local gas station, pizza joint and liquor store because they don’t sell ammunition and Magpul accessories?

    Christ people…

    • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

      No but it does have a PR effect just like the others.

      • http://twitter.com/bholder006 blunder

        I wonder if there is a PR effect for crying wolf?

        • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

          One more time there won’t be anything to see because it hasn’t happened yet. I’m not privy to all the information but I do trust Steve.

    • Nadnerbus

      For any other type of retail items, I would normally agree with you. Free markets govern themselves for the most part. However, because of the highly politicized nature of guns in this country, especially at the moment, I think any high profile decision like this has to be brought to light and resisted by people that believe in gun rights. Any time a big company, for whatever internal reasoning, announces something like this, it has high propaganda value for the anti gun side, as well as the practical effect of further marginalizing and isolating the gun community from mainstream America. Blithely accepting a major corporation’s opinions on what is OK and not OK to sell regardless of law has effects down the road.

  • Steve (TFB Editor)

    If I reveal the range of products the company makes, it would be pretty obvious who the company is. They asked not to be identified. I can guarantee you they are banning a range of gun parts and accessories. I suspect their system has yet to identify other vendors who are still able to sell gun parts.

    • http://twitter.com/bholder006 blunder

      Are these parts/accessories that they did not prohibit a year ago or do you guarantee there will be a policy change shortly? At this point, it sounds more like a case of them enforcing old rules.

  • Pat O

    I have placed my last order from Obama’s Amazon. I have banned Dick & Walmart as well. I will only support those who support the 2ed Ammendment.

  • MRW

    My email to them:
    As a customer since 1996 I am deeply upset over your policy to restrict firearms accessory sales on amazon.com. The 2nd amendment is as important as the 1st amendment. Once a business starts to dabble in politics it risks isolating customers. If you continue to ban firearms related items I will cease to purchase anything from your company. That includes the numerous ec2 instances that my company currently uses. I will also do my best to insure that everyone I know and do business with knows of your un-American and un-Patriotic policies. I hope you make the right choice.

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  • DiverEngrSL17K

    It would appear that Amazon’s senior executives made their decision as a business-based one on the advice of their Risk Management Team, i.e., liability specialists and lawyers who normally deal with this sort of issue and the pros and cons thereof.
    The problem is that Risk Management in many ( not all ) corporations I have come across tend to err to a very large degree towards the conservative side, for the obvious reason that they not only wish to preserve their own jobs and good standing within the company and are afraid of ultimate liability but also because many of them only have partial knowledge of the issues at hand and are not completely immersed in — nor thoroughly well-versed in — the real facts surrounding those issues. Therefore, a lot of conclusions are drawn based on perceptions and, as we all know, a little knowledge can be a dangerous thing. And perceptions, just like opinions, are something every Tom, Dick and Harry has, regardless of its relevance to truth or facts.
    The end result is more often than not impractical and unrealistic, and where “risk aversion”, repeated like a sacred mantra, is given higher priority than real-time, workable, balanced and sensible yet safe solutions. Add to that the general tendency to reward such behaviours, and the conclusion is almost inevitable in many cases. It is really unfortunate that Amazon seems to be little different in that respect — at least with regard to firearms-related accessories — at this point in time.

  • Chris

    Vote with your dollars folks. If ya don’t like it, don’t shop there. I know it won’t stop me.

  • anonymous dude

    actual guns are being sold on ebay all the time. If you look you can see 22 barrelled receivers being sold all the time. Here is one example of a shotgun receiver. item num 140915541299. Ebay wont remove, atf says they will do nothing about it.I think it will be used as some other excuse for more laws.

  • anonymous dude

    ebay item num
    140916354397
    barrelled shotgun receiver.

  • anonymous dude

    ebay item num 290848972379 barrelled winchester 22 action and trigger. Legally a firearm. They will probably wait until some criminal buys off ebay after they refused to do anything and then use to justify whatever they want.

  • anonymous dude

    ebay item num

    170989042066
    mossberg barrelled receiver I dont see the current laws being enforced.

  • Tek

    Idiots, they don’t even know the difference between a butterfly knife (balisong) and a switchblade. You can buy throwing knives but not throwing stars. Sounds like some more super liberal dumbtard is running the show over there.

  • http://twitter.com/blakedotfr Blake

    Looks like folks will be using gunspec.com for accessories now as well…

  • cawpin

    This is a flamebait post. They haven’t started banning anything that they haven’t prohibited from being sold before.

  • http://www.facebook.com/crab.tenthjar Mark Lee

    Magazines were widely available on Amazon about 4-5 months ago. I have no idea why they would take these off, as they are not preventing people from buying magazines or owning guns, they are merely preventing Amazon from making money off of said sales.

    • http://twitter.com/bholder006 blunder

      Magazines were already banned at least as early as 2011. Amazon just was doing a piss poor job of enforcing their own stated rules.

  • JJ

    Muzzle devices are banned! They start removing comp. and flash hiders!

  • R.H. Arland

    I, too, am a Prime member….I spend a LOT of $$ on that site. Personally, I feel that if we retaliate by not using Amazon and not renewing our Prime memberships we will send a mssg. The only problem is finding people willing to take a stand. This entire thing is BS of the highest degree.

  • purplelighter

    Haven’t read about this anywhere else that doesn’t lead back to this blog. I haven’t seen any appreciable changes in what is available.

    How about a 5 day update?

  • doggen

    Someone needs to found a new company: Freezon. Anything legal can be sold there. It’s siblings will be Freetube (no more Youtube censorship).

  • bmga1776

    I just went to amazon, typed in the search engine items such as AR 15, Magpul, AR-15 slings, etc.. and lists of those items and parts came up. I think further research needs to be completed before accepting this report. It may be true, but don’t jump to conclusions.

  • Pan Fish

    Looked in the forum section and the sheep are in denial this happened.

  • A guy in Oregon

    In the last 2 weeks, I received my new stock, sling, forward grip, lower parts kit, back up sights, buffer tube, spring, etc…
    However, based on the listing from the above link, I will no longer do ANY business with amazon.

  • damonleesmith22

    Banned from Amazon are as follows… Gun parts (Springs, Triggers, Slides, Frames, Barrels, Firing Pins), ammunition (Shotgun Shells, Rifle Ammo, Handgun Ammo, Black Powder, Smokless Powder), and gun accessories including: Barrels… Camouflaging gun containers… Chokes… Converters that can give a gun automatic capability… Kits that can be used to create gun magazines… Magazines… Multi-burst trigger activators (Bump Stocks)… Parts or accessories related to assault weapons… Receivers, such as components… Silencers… Trigger assemblies

    • mad amazon seller

      they ban chokes but allow muzzle brakes. LOL oh and look they banned those “strap things that go up” as Feinstien would put it……REALLY They ban barrel shrouds.

  • Yoni

    Amazon also helped fund Seattle’s gun buy back program.

  • Rabobo

    Today on Amazon I bought a laser bore site, MOE grips, a hi-lux scope, need I go on? This blog post might be a bit sensationalist eh?

  • Monte

    It’s been almost two weeks now, and there are still plenty of gun parts available on Amazon, including those sold directly by them. What’s the deal?

    • Cymond

      Agreed. It’s been 2 weeks. At what point will this be considered disproven if it isn’t confirmed?

    • mad amazon seller

      exactly …you said it…..being sold by them…. my items are down but yet the FBA is still up.

  • osiris winno

    support amazon and your supporting on loseing your right`s, Such narrow mindness, what do i mean, all national news has been focused on the gun, NOTHING EVER SAID ABOUT WHAT TO DO WITH THE PERSON HOLDING THE GUN.

  • Robesq

    Bye Bye, Amazon.

  • juanvaldezisawesome

    If this policy is not reversed I am ending my relationship with Amazon. I can buy things elsewhere. Fuck them.

  • Concerned seller

    Amazon stops you from selling these items BUT ALLOWS FBA to be done on them…BS all the way. Its like they let sellers put up items see what sells best and all of the sudden its now an amazon item.

    I asked amazon in an email if I could send my banned items to them to ship and if not why cant I sell my same item. I inquired about 1 item on November 6th 2013 there response 24 hrs later was “Amazon Seller Support notes about the conversation: ASIN B00FDWLF4U-Magpul Industries Handguard Mid Length Stock AR Rifles MAG418-BLK – Fulfilled by Amazon Sellers can sell through their inventory but no more inventory can be sent in.

    Notice that ansi number does not work any longer after complaining countless times they removed it but A$$ H*LE$ relisted it just adding an extra “U” at the end of the old number.

    old one- B00FDWLF4U after complaint changed to B00FDWLF4UU

    http://www.amazon.com/Magpul-Mid-Length-Handguard-Flat-Earth/dp/B004NKW6UU/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_2?s=sporting-goods&ie=UTF8&qid=1393222773&sr=1-2-fkmr0&keywords=Magpul+Industries+Handguard+Mid+Length+Stock+AR+Rifles+MAG418-BLK

    There are thousands of items they “take over” when selling well.
    don’t have the cash to fight them of course so they will get away with it…..