80% AR Lowers Being Sold On Amazon As "Art Pieces"

Nathaniel F
by Nathaniel F

Some enterprising individual has listed a 80% AR-15 lower receivers through Jeff Bezos honeypot Amazon.com, a company that absolutely prohibits firearms and related listings to be posted through its site. An object’s true purpose is up to the person using it, though, and PC Industrial Supply looks to be taking that to the bank:

Amazon’s rules for prohibited listings are clear that no “assault weapon” parts or components may be sold through the site:

Examples of prohibited listings

  • Airsoft guns
  • Ammunition, such as:

    Black powderBlanksBulletsBullet tipsGun powderPrimersShotgun Shells

  • Assault weapon parts or accessories or products marketed as assault weapon parts or accessories, including reference to various assault weapon models
  • Body armor and vests designed for the insertion of body armor or body armor plates
  • Certain martial arts items, such as:

    Brass, plastic, or metal knucklesLeaded cane/staff/crutch/stickNunchaku (also known as num chucks)Sandclubs, sandbags, or slungshots (also known as saps or blackjacks)Zoobox (also known as clackers or kung fu sticks)Throwing stars (also known as surikens)TonfasKunsari-fundo (also known as manrikis)

  • Clubs and blunt force striking instruments, such as:

    Billy clubsEscrima sticksBo staffs and jo staffsTruncheons, nightsticks, and batonsSjamboksWeighted clubs

  • Explosives, such as:

    FireworksFlares, flare launchers, flare guns, flare gun receiversGrenades, such as:Grenade launchersMilitary practice grenadesMinesRifle grenadesSmoke grenadesProjectile and concussive products that employ gunpowder or explosives

  • Firearms, such as:

    Antique and collectible gunsAssault weaponsAutomatic gunsMuzzleloaders and black powder gunsRifles, shotguns, and pistolsSport and hunting gunsStarter gunsZip guns

  • Gun parts and accessories, even when designed or marketed for use with paintball or airsoft guns, such as:

    Assault weapon conversion kitsAssault weapon grips, forend grips, front grips, and foregrips,Assault weapon and AR-specific tools, including vise blocks and bullet button toolsBarrels, barrel shrouds, heat guards, hand guards, and vent cooling slotsBattery assist leversCamouflaging gun containersCharging handles, latches, and assembliesChokes and choke tubesConverters that can give a firearm automatic capabilityDetachable carry handles and assault rifle carry handlesEjection port, ejection port covers, and dust coversFramesGas blocks, gas tubes, and gas pistonsCertain grips and grip accessories, such as:Pistol grips designed for attachment to an assault weapon or shotgunFolding, vertical, and tactical gripsAngled foregrips and ambidextrous foregripsGrip pods, funnels, and extensionsKits that can be used to create gun magazinesMagazines and related items, such as:Magazine components or extensionsMagazine cinches, couplers, connectors, dual mag holders, and dual mag clampsMulti-burst trigger activatorsMulti-rail systems, including quad rails and rail covers, free-floating and drop-in handguardsMuzzle tamersRecoil compensatorsReceivers, including lower and upper receiversReceiver extensions and pinsSelector levers, detents, and switchesSilencersSingle point, 3-point, tactical, and quick detach slingsSling plates and end platesSlide fire stock and weapons kitsSolvent trap oil filter adaptersAny non-fixed stock, including telescoping, folding or collapsible stocksSuppressorsTakedown pins, pivot pins, cam pins, and roll pinsThreaded barrel adaptersAll internal/moving gun parts, such as:Bolt catch releases, assemblies, actuators, and battery assist leversBolt carriers, bolt pins, and buffer pinsBuffer tubes and related parts and extension tubesFiring pins, springs, and stopsTrigger, trigger assemblies, or fire control groupsUpgrade parts and replacement partsAnti-walk pins

  • Knives, other than the above permitted knives, such as:

    Automatic knivesBalisong knivesClaws, such as:Karambit knivesConcealed swords, including:Cane-swordsSwordsticksKnives disguised to look like harmless items, such as:Air gauge knivesBelt buckle knivesLipstick case knivesWriting pen knivesKnuckle knives, including:Fixed or folding blade knives with split knuckle duster handlesMetal throwing stars, including:Ninja starsThrowing cardsBatman symbolsCyclone knivesPush daggers, including:Punch daggersPunch knivesPush dirksT-handled knivesShobi-zue“Slasher” knives or other devices used in cockfightingStiletto knivesSwitchblade knives, such as:Butterfly knivesGravity-assisted knivesSpring-loaded knives

  • Parts or combination of parts designed or intended to convert a firearm into an assault weapon
    • Replica firearms of originals which were manufactured after 1898.
    • Stun guns and Tasers
    • Toy guns that substantially duplicate or can reasonably be perceived to be an actual gun. See the Additional Resources section below for examples of toy gun laws.
    • Weapons designed to be concealed
    • Weapons or other items intended solely for law enforcement or military use

    [Shown above: Absolutely haram]

    It may seem as though selling lower receivers via Amazon is dishonest, but considering that the above list contains such innocuous items as “springs”, “assemblies”, and “bullet button tools” (i.e., anything long and skinny enough to reach a bullet button), not to mention firearms components that so far as I know don’t actually exist (multi-burst trigger activators?), and that an 80% AR-15 receiver is, under the eyes of the law, just an inert piece of metal, it doesn’t seem to me like PC Industrial Supply is really doing anything out of the realm of reason. Frankly, Amazon’s rules are so impossibly broad that good-faith compliance seems to me to be virtually impossible for many vendors, and so if this seller wants to sell things that are legally not firearms as “art pieces”, well then, I guess he can. Until Jeff Bezos tells him to stop, that is.

    Finally, Amazon customer questions were pretty unsurprising:

    Nathaniel F
    Nathaniel F

    Nathaniel is a history enthusiast and firearms hobbyist whose primary interest lies in military small arms technological developments beginning with the smokeless powder era. He can be reached via email at nathaniel.f@staff.thefirearmblog.com.

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