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Firearms, weapons, and knives policy
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Policy overview

Most weapons can't be listed on eBay because of strict federal and state government regulations and international laws banning the sale of these items. Please review the list of items below to find out what you can and can't sell on eBay.

For certain types of weapons and weapon-related accessories, sellers have to follow our guidelines, as well as meet the following requirements:

  • The item is listed only on the eBay US site.

  • The seller is located in the US

  • The item is also in the US

  • The seller offers only domestic shipping for the item, since international shipping would make the item available in countries where it might be prohibited.

  • The item complies with California law on the sale of weapons.

Make sure your listing follows these guidelines. If it doesn't, it may be removed, and you may be subject to a range of other actions, including limits of your buying and selling privileges and suspension of your account.

What are the guidelines?

You can list some of these items under certain conditions.

Restricted 

Restricted

  • Airsoft guns, replica guns, or other imitation firearms may be listed when:

    • They have blaze orange barrel markings or a blaze orange barrel plug permanently attached to the weapon.

    • They can't be converted to shoot lethal projectiles.

    • State laws must be followed. In most states, you have to be at least 18 years old to buy an airsoft gun.

  • Ammunition magazines for replica airsoft firearms, including imitation firearms modeled after assault weapons that show the top of the magazine. You need to include a picture of the item in your listing to show that your item isn't a real assault weapon magazine.

  • Novelty lighters that look like guns can be sold, as long as they're listed in the Collectibles > Tobacciana > Lighters category and the starting bid price is less than $50.00.

  • Miniature firearms, like those that come with action figures. You need to describe the item's size in your listing, and include a picture that shows scale using a ruler or a coin.

  • Paintball guns without replica markings (such as an orange plug) as long as they're listed in one of the Sporting Goods > Outdoor Sports > Paintball categories. The listing must describe the item as a paintball gun and can't describe the item as a firearm.

  • Training firearms, usually brightly colored, solid plastic replicas. In your listing, you'll need to include a picture of your item showing that it's solid and that it isn't real.

Not allowed

Not allowed

  • Airsoft guns, replica guns, or other imitation firearms that can be converted to shoot a lethal projectile.

  • Any replica firearms that don't have permanent blaze orange barrel markings. If the markings look fake or temporary, the listing will be removed.

  • Paintball cannons

  • Parts and accessories for replica assault weapons, including airsoft or imitation firearms that are based on actual assault weapons.

  • Replica guns that were made by converting real guns, even if you can't convert them back to a working gun.

  • Silencers for airsoft guns, replica guns, or other imitation firearms.

Live ammunition and ammunition components can't be listed, though you can sell some types of historical items as long as they're not live ammunition. See the list below for details.

Allowed 

Allowed

  • Ammunition for airsoft guns

  • Plastic, polymer, rubber, or wooden bullets or ammunition

  • Snap caps

Restricted

Restricted

  • Ammunition for Air Guns (see BB guns, pellet guns, air rifles or air pistols section below)

  • Converted brass (also known as trench art). The item has to show that it's been converted and that it can't be converted back into a usable casing.

  • Empty ammunition boxes. The listing needs to say the item doesn't contain ammunition.

  • Reloading equipment and weaponsmithing tools are allowed as long as there is no mention of assault weapons in the listing.

Not allowed

Not allowed

  • Blank ammunition

  • Bullets, buck shot, or lead shot

  • Cartridges, casings, shells, or hulls

  • Dummy ammunition

  • Gunpowder or primers

  • Inert ammunition

  • Live ammunition rounds

We don't allow listings for explosives, grenades, or many types of military ordnance on eBay. Check out the details below and see our military items policy for more information.

Before listing any military items on eBay, check the list in the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) Part 121 to see if your item is covered by Part 121.  Items that are otherwise allowed on eBay but listed in Part 121 can only be listed on the US eBay website (eBay.com) under certain conditions. See our additional information below to learn more.

Note: If you're selling body armor, be sure and read the requirements in the Additional information section on our military items policy.

Allowed

Allowed

  • Body armor that isn't military issued. Find out more about our requirements to list body armor in the Additional information section of our military items policy.

  • Tannerite targets

Restricted

Restricted

  • Level I, II, or III body armor or Small Arms Protection Insert (SAPI) plates, as long as you call out the specific level in your listing. Find out more about our requirements to list body armor in the Additional information section of our military items policy.

  • Toy or replica grenades and other ordnance as long as your listing clearly calls out both of the following:

    • The item was never actual ordnance

    • The item can't be converted into actual ordnance.

Not allowed

Not allowed

  • Atom or nuclear weapons

  • Explosives

  • Grenades of any kind (see our military items policy)

  • Land mines

  • Level IV Small Arms Protection Insert (SAPI) plates

  • Missiles, rockets, or launchers

  • Nerve gas

Actual firearms can't be listed on eBay. However, many parts and accessories for firearms are OK to sell, but only under certain conditions detailed in our Firearm parts and accessories section. See the list below for more details.

Not allowed

Not allowed

  • Firearms regardless of their ability to fire, how old they are, or their status as collectibles

  • Powerheads, stick guns, or their equivalents because they work like firearms

  • Starter pistols or blank guns, regardless of their markings

  • Pin fire guns

  • Zip guns

Certain firearm parts and accessories are permitted on eBay per the guidelines listed below.
All listings permitted under this section must clearly identify the part or accessory being sold as well as the type of firearm it fits ("type" can mean general use and not necessarily brand or manufacturer. For example, "this part can be used with bolt-action rifles"). Listings that don't include this information may be removed.

Allowed 

Allowed

  • Magazine holders, speed loaders, stripper clips, or moon clips

Restricted

Restricted

  • Accessories and parts for firearms such as butt plates, cases, cleaning supplies, dies, grips, holsters, molds, racks, scopes, slings, stocks, storage cases, or trigger guards.

  • Muzzleloader or black powder gun parts (with the exception of frames or receivers) or accessories, as long as each item is offered in one listing at a time. (However, having separate listings for items that can be used to build a gun is prohibited.)

  • The following firearm parts are allowed on the eBay US site only. The seller must be in the US and offer domestic shipping only.

    • En bloc clips

    • Barrels – shotgun barrels less than 18 inches and rifle barrels less than 16 inches are prohibited

    • Bolts

    • Choke tubes

    • Cylinders

    • Firing pins

    • Hammers

    • Slides

    • Trigger assemblies

    • Sellers must follow all applicable state and local laws for magazine sales. High capacity magazines that accept more than 10 rounds aren't allowed. Please note that some states may have a lower capacity limit.

    • Listings for magazines must clearly identify the make and model in the item title or description.

Not allowed

Not allowed

  • Firearm frames, including grip frames, muzzleloader and black powder frames or receivers

  • Firearm kits used to create a firearm

  • Firearm receivers, including upper or lower, incomplete, "cut" or "80%" receivers

  • Flash suppressors

  • Any magazine sold in violation of state or local law. High capacity magazines that accept more than 10 rounds are not allowed. Please note that some states may have a lower capacity limit.

  • High capacity magazines modified to accept 10 rounds or less are also prohibited unless permanently modified by the manufacturer.

  • Magazine extenders

  • Sears

  • Silencers

  • Grenade launchers

  • Parts or accessories for assault weapons. Listings that mention capability with an assault weapon, even if the part or accessory fits non-assault weapons, are also prohibited.

  • The following parts for semiautomatic pistols: barrel shroud, forward pistol grip and threaded barrel

  • Pistol conversion kits that make a pistol into a short-barreled rifle

  • Bayonets designed to fit an assault weapon

  • Blueprints, milling or forging specifications for assault weapons

  • Instructions or blueprints on how to convert a semi-automatic weapon to a fully automatic weapon

Some hand-to-hand combat weapons and martial arts weapons can't be listed. See the list below, as well as the knives section, for more details.

Allowed 

Allowed

  • Instruction or training manuals on how to use hand weapons

  • Wii Nunchuk controllers for the Nintendo Wii

Restricted

Restricted

  • Miniature brass knuckles. In your listing, you'll need to include a picture of your item that shows scale, like a ruler or a coin.

  • Training or practice batons, night sticks, nunchakus, or tonfas that are made of rubber foam, dense foam, or foam with plastic interior tubes—you have to specify this detail in your listing. However, weapons that are foam padded or foam with a metal interior aren't allowed.

Not allowed

Not allowed

  • Brass knuckles, including those made from other materials

  • Knives with raised knuckle guards or knuckle dusters

  • Leaded canes, crutches, staffs, or sticks

  • Nightsticks, billy clubs, war clubs, batons, PR 24s, Monadnock batons, ASPs, tonfas, truncheons, and similar items

  • Nunchakus (also called nunchucks or numchuks), chain sticks, or two-section staffs

  • Sansetsukon or three-section staffs

  • Saps, sand clubs, sandbags, slung shots, or blackjacks

There are many restrictions on the sale and shipment of knives, though certain types can be listed. See the list below, and review our international trading policy for information on shipping restrictions.

Allowed

Allowed

  • Books, informational materials, and training on Shuriken-jutsu

  • Katana or stick swords

  • Oversized balisong knives—the kind that require 2 hands to open

  • Tactical daggers

  • Throwing knives

Restricted

Restricted

  • Parts for switchblades, as long as they can't be used to make a complete switchblade. Sellers have to list each item individually, in one listing at a time.

  • Practice balisong or butterfly knives that have holes in the blade and can't be sharpened

  • Spring-assisted knives. There has to be manual movement of the blade by a thumb stud or screw that's clearly visible on the blade.

  • Training or practice throwing stars that are made of resin and aren't sharp enough to penetrate the body

Not allowed

Not allowed

  • Automatic knives

  • Balisong knives

  • Butterfly knives

  • Dual-action knives

  • Gravity knives

  • Hidden or disguised knives such as air gauge knives, belt buckle knives, lipstick case knives, or writing pen knives

  • Out-the-front (OTF) knives

  • Paratrooper knives

  • Push knives—they're also called push daggers, punch daggers, punch knives, push dirks, and T-handled knives

  • Replica or imitation switchblades

  • Shuriken

  • Switchblade knives (knives with a blade that open automatically—for example, by pressing a button or through inertia or gravity)

  • Sword canes

  • Throwing stars, ninja stars, throwing cards, Batman symbols, or Cyclone knives

Some personal defense items, such as pepper spray and mace, can be listed as long as you follow the law on the sale of these items. Before buying or selling these items, check your city and state laws.

Allowed 

Allowed

  • Blowgun darts

  • Bows and arrows

  • Crossbows

  • Information or instructions on how to make a potato gun

  • Paintball blowguns

  • Slingshots

  • Spud pistols

Restricted

Restricted

  • Pepper spray, disguised pepper spray, or mace can be sold, as long as the item is shipped domestically

Not allowed

Not allowed

  • Blow guns

  • Dart guns

  • Flare guns or flares

  • Potato guns such as bazookas, cannons, or launchers

  • Tear gas

Stun guns are illegal in several places in the US Before buying or selling these items, check your city and state laws.

Allowed 

Allowed

  • Stun gun holsters

Restricted

Restricted

  • Sellers need to state in their listings that they won't accept bids from people located in places where stun guns are illegal. This includes Hawaii, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Washington, D.C., and Wisconsin.

Not allowed

Not allowed

  • Disguised stun guns

  • Stun batons

  • Stun gun listings that offer shipping to cities or states where stun guns are prohibited

  • Tasers

Restricted 

Restricted

  • eBay permits the limited sale of some air rifles, air pistols, pellet guns, or pop guns by previously preapproved sellers. Preapproved sellers must follow the air gun guidelines.

  • eBay is not accepting new applications to become a preapproved air gun seller, however sellers already approved are permitted to continue listing in this category.

Not allowed

Not allowed

  • Air rifles, air pistols, pellet guns, or pop guns greater than .25 caliber

eBay limits listings for BB guns, pellet guns, air rifles, air pistols, pop guns, and other similar devices that shoot, or are designed to shoot, a metal projectile without the use of gun powder, including the ammunition and projectiles used with such devices (collectively, "Air Guns"), because they may be considered weapons in some jurisdictions, and some jurisdictions have laws, regulations, and/or decisions ("Laws") limiting the types of Air Guns that may lawfully be owned, as well as who is allowed to purchase and/or possess such items, and how such items may be distributed, shipped, transported, and/or used.
eBay requires sellers of Air Guns to be preapproved and to comply fully with any and all such Laws. This preapproval requirement does not apply to sales of Air Gun ammunition only.
These guidelines are applicable to all sellers and buyers who transact in Air Guns.

Air Gun Sellers
Please note eBay is not currently accepting new applications to become a preapproved Air Gun seller.
Previously preapproved sellers may only list Air rifles, air pistols, BB guns, pellet guns or pop guns that are .25 caliber or less, and ammunition or projectiles used with such devices.
All sellers who list Air Guns for sale on eBay must comply with all federal, state, local, and other applicable Laws. If applicable, these sellers must carry the required license to sell and ship Air Guns.
Sellers must list these items in the Air Rifles, Air Pistols or BBs & Pellets (for ammunition only) categories, must offer US domestic shipping only, and must include the following information within each item description:
  • a link to our firearms, weapons, and knives policy page: http://pages.ebay.com/help/policies/firearms-weapons-knives.html; and

  • the seller's lawful shipping policy which must specify the jurisdictions to which the seller can lawfully ship Air Guns, and any restrictions on such shipments (e.g., minimum age of buyer).


Air Gun Buyers
In order to purchase Air Guns on eBay, buyers must, when and by bidding on or purchasing these items, warrant and represent they are aware of and are in compliance with their own jurisdiction's applicable Laws regarding the purchase, possession, distribution, shipment, transport, and use of Air Guns.

State and local laws
Many jurisdictions in the United States have different Laws for the sale, purchase, possession, distribution, shipment, transport, and use of Air Guns. Members should fully research and understand all applicable Laws before listing or buying Air Guns.

Requirements for Air Gun-related transactions on eBay
Be sure to meet all the following terms and conditions when buying or selling Air Guns on eBay. These terms and conditions may change over time. It is your responsibility to visit these pages to see if and how they may have changed, so that you can remain compliant.
  1. Limitation of liability: Both buyer and seller expressly acknowledge and agree that eBay is not liable for any special, incidental or consequential damages or lost profits (however arising, including negligence) resulting from or in connection with the sale of Air Guns and related accessories on the eBay site.

  2. Representations and warranties:

    Each seller represents and warrants that:

    • The seller of the Air Guns has the right, power, and authority to sell the Air Guns;

    • The seller of the Air Guns owns all necessary and required licenses and permissions to lawfully carry out Air Gun-related transactions on our site, and ship the item to its purchaser;

    • The seller is familiar with and understands all applicable Laws concerning the sale, possession, purchase, distribution, shipment, transport, and use of its products in each applicable jurisdiction;

    • The seller will comply with all relevant Laws concerning the sale, purchase, distribution, shipment, transport, and use of its products in any and all transactions and take all necessary actions to comply fully with all such obligations and monitor such compliance;

    • All sales transactions will be conducted by and under the control of the seller. This includes decisions concerning the selection of Air Guns to advertise or offer for sale, the pricing of those Air Guns, and the ultimate acceptance and fulfillment of the sales transaction. The seller is responsible for all decisions concerning the acceptance or rejection of all bids/orders;

    • The seller will only sell and ship Air Guns to buyers in jurisdictions where permitted by applicable Laws and only under such conditions as permitted by such Laws;

    • Where state and/or local Laws place age restrictions on those who may purchase or possess Air Guns, Seller will require from each buyer affirmation of his/her age and Seller will also require each recipient to show proof of his/her age upon delivery of product(s) to recipient, and will use its best efforts to ensure that such proof of age is satisfied prior to authorizing the release of the product(s) to recipient; and

    • The seller will perform any and all other tasks, or make any and all disclosures, required to ensure the legality and full compliance with Laws of its transaction on the eBay Site.


    Each buyer represents and warrants that:

    • The buyer is familiar with all relevant Laws concerning the sale, purchase, possession, distribution, shipment, transport, and use of Air Guns in his or her jurisdiction;

    • The buyer will comply with all applicable Laws concerning the sale, purchase, possession, distribution, shipment, transport, and use of Air Guns in any and all transactions and take all necessary action to fulfill such obligation and ensure such compliance; and

    • Where applicable Laws place age restrictions on those who can purchase or possess Air Guns, buyer will provide affirmation of his/her age and show proof of his/her age upon delivery of product(s).

  3. Indemnification: The seller is solely responsible for compliance with all Laws associated with the sale of Air Guns and will indemnify eBay against any and all claims, losses, liabilities, costs and expenses, including reasonable attorneys' fees (collectively, "Claims") which eBay may incur as a result of any actions arising from or relating to: (i) any alleged breach of any of seller's representations or warranties; (ii) any sale, offering for sale, marketing conducted by, or shipment of a product by seller or any related transaction; (iii) any alleged defect in seller's product(s) or Claims arising out of the use of seller's product by any third party; (iv) seller's alleged violation of any Laws; or (v) any investigation or proceeding relating to any of the foregoing, regardless of whether eBay is a subject thereof or party thereto. It is solely the seller's responsibility to determine whether it may complete any particular transaction based on the seller's ability to assure that the transaction is in compliance with all Laws associated with the sale, purchase, possession, distribution, shipment, transport, and use of Air Guns.

  4. Distribution, Shipping, and Transport: Certain Laws may govern and limit a seller's ability to sell, distribute, ship, and transport Air Guns. As a seller, you are solely responsible to consult with legal and/or other experts to determine which Laws may impact your activities and to fully comply with those Laws

Additional information

Before listing military items on eBay, please review the information in the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) Part 121. This regulation restricts the import and export of certain military items and information. Along with other requirements and restrictions, ITAR requires sellers of items and information included in Part 121 who want to ship those items outside of the US to get a special license from the US Department of State.

Because we can't determine whether a seller has this license, sellers can only sell items to US citizens who currently live in the US. You'll need to specify domestic shipping in your listing, and make sure you and your buyer follow all applicable laws and regulations, as well as eBay policies.

Items and information covered by ITAR Part 121 that are otherwise allowed on eBay can only be listed on the US eBay site (eBay.com) by sellers registered in the US offering domestic (within the US) shipping only. ITAR Part 121 items can't be listed on other eBay sites under any circumstances.
Why does eBay have this policy?

For safety concerns and in order to follow laws and regulations, we restrict the kinds of weapons and accessories that can be sold on eBay. Be sure to follow all laws and regulations—as well as eBay policies—before buying or selling these items.

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You can contact Customer Support to report a listing you think violates this policy. Go to that listing, and then click the Report item link on the right side of the page.

We'll review your report and take appropriate action.
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