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Firearms and accessories policy

Firearms are not allowed. Listings for allowed firearm parts and accessories must follow strict guidelines.

Firearms can't be listed on eBay due to strict federal, state, and international laws banning the sale of these items. Listings for some firearm parts and accessories are allowed as long as sellers follow our guidelines.

What is the policy?

The following are not allowed:

  • Firearms of any type 
  • Parts and accessories for assault weapons, including blueprints and instructions
  • Any part or accessory in violation of local law
  • Firearm receivers, even if incomplete
  • Ammunition for firearms, including bullets, cartridges, casings, shells, and hulls 
  • The following firearm accessories are not allowed:
    • Frames, kits used to create a firearm, flash suppressors, silencers, sears, high capacity magazines that accept more than 10 rounds (even if they have been modified to accept fewer), magazine extenders, bump fire stocks, grenade launchers, and pistol conversion kits
  • The following accessories for semiautomatic pistols are not allowed:
    • Barrel shrouds, forward pistol grips, and threaded barrels

Listings for firearms parts and accessories that we allow must follow these guidelines:

  • The listing 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."
  • The item must be listed on the US site (eBay.com) and offer domestic shipping only
  • The item must comply with California state law - opens in new window or tab

Examples of allowed firearm parts and accessories:

  • En bloc clips
  • Barrels (exceptions: 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

Listings that don't follow these rules may be removed from the site or from search results. Other actions we may take include lowering a seller's rating, charging additional fees, limiting buying and selling privileges, or suspending an account.


Why does eBay have this policy?

We take our role in community safety seriously, and in accordance with government regulations and international laws, we prohibit the sale of certain weapons on eBay.

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