eBay and gun parts

I don’t recall this being mentioned on the gun blogs and I did a little bit of searching and didn’t find it. It’s possible this is very old news but I think I would have noticed.

Recently I was in an antique shop and noticed an article in a newspaper from last February:


Apparently eBay reversed their policy on gun parts, “Actual firearms can’t be listed on eBay. However, many parts and accessories for firearms are OK to sell, but only under certain conditions.” The actual eBay policy page currently says the following are allowed but restricted to U.S. sales:

  • Accessories and parts for guns such as butt plates, cases, cleaning supplies, dies, grips, holsters, molds, racks, pistol grips, scopes, slings, stocks, storage cases, or trigger guards. The listing must include a description of the type of firearm the accessory or part is for and what it’s used for. If it doesn’t, the listing may be removed.
  • Muzzle loader or black powder gun parts 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 gun parts and accessories are allowed on the eBay US site only. The seller must be in the US and offer domestic shipping only:
    • En bloc clips
    • Barrels
    • Bolts
    • Choke tubes
    • Cylinders
    • Firing pins
    • Hammers
    • Magazines with a capacity to accept 10 rounds or less (high-capacity magazines that can accept more than 10 rounds are not allowed)
    • Slides
    • Trigger assemblies

We still don’t see “a blister pack of six Glock’s at Costco” but it’s a step in the right direction.

5 thoughts on “eBay and gun parts

  1. I tried to sell a wooden AK stock set through them, (I replaced the wood furniture on my rifle with a synthetic stock). They rejected my ad because the parts would work with an “assault weapon”.

    Bleah…that’s why they want to know the type of firearm involved. They’re afraid of getting the fun gun cooties.

  2. This is really a huge deal. eBay was among the most virulent in prohibiting such sales and the reversal is quite a bit sea change.

  3. First question: Why the change? Some sort of legal pressure, or did it occur to them that there is a significant amount of business that they had tossed away?

    Next, they banned this for so long, will anyone notice if you list something?
    I’m going to sell a couple very rare slides for Beretta’s. Not inclined to let them go for $1.98 because no one saw them. I’ll probably stick with the gun auction site.

  4. Hmmmm, Several years ago I purchased a Kimber .22 conversion kit off of eBay. I didn’t realize they didn’t sell parts.

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