Amazon Removing Gun Products From Store. Worse Than EBay.

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

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 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, 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

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) …

As a gun owner I am outraged, as someone who spends a not-insignificant portion of my income at 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.

Steve Johnson
Steve Johnson

I founded TFB in 2007 and over 10 years worked tirelessly, with the help of my team, to build it up into the largest gun blog online. I retired as Editor in Chief in 2017. During my decade at TFB I was fortunate to work with the most amazing talented writers and genuinely good people!

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  • Concerned seller Concerned seller on Feb 24, 2014

    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

    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.....

  • Joshua D Bird Joshua D Bird on Sep 29, 2014

    I was forced to stop selling forend grips on amazon. No idea why. Doesn't make much sense to me. They offer so many gun accessories. If they ban one, might as well ban them all.