Restrictions on Firearms, Explosives, and Ammunition

This policy applies to sellers using the ChannelAdvisor Platform. Sellers (“You”) must comply with all applicable federal laws when selling or marketing weapons, imitation weapons, and weapon accessories. You must also comply with state and local laws applicable to the jurisdiction into which Your products are sold or marketed, as well as the jurisdiction from which You ship. For example, many state laws place requirements on size, color, and markings of imitation weapons. In addition, You are responsible for obtaining any required licenses for permitted products and are liable for any penalties resulting from non-compliance.  The following examples of permitted and prohibited listings are not exhaustive, but should be instructive in evaluating products for listing and sale.

Firearms ChannelAdvisor prohibits use of the ChannelAdvisor Platform for the listing or sale of all firearms, including assault weapons, black powder guns, handguns, muzzleloaders, shotguns, rifles, and starter guns. Examples of permitted listings

  • Airsoft guns
    • Note: These are subject to geographic sales restrictions.
  • Replicas of firearms that were manufactured in or before 1898, if the replica is not capable of firing fixed ammunition
  • Non-powdered weapons such as BB guns, pellet guns, paintball guns, and air rifles that are clearly marketed to be air or spring driven and identify the type of ammunition that the product discharges
    • Note: These are subject to geographic sales restrictions.
  • Toy guns
    • Note: These are subject to geographic sales restrictions.

Examples of prohibited listings

  • Firearms, such as:
    • 3D printed guns and 3D gun blueprints
    • Antique and collectible guns
    • Assault weapons
    • Automatic weapons (e.g. machine guns)
    • Muzzleloaders and black powder guns
    • Rifles, shotguns, and handguns
    • Smartphone guns and other guns designed to resemble harmless items
    • Sport and hunting guns
    • Wallet guns
    • Zip guns
  • Electronic guns
  • Replicas of firearms that were manufactured after 1898 and/or are capable of firing fixed ammunition
  • Non-firing replicas of firearms that were manufactured after 1898 and lack the markings required by 15 U.S.C. § 5001
  • Toy, imitation, or “look-alike” firearms that do not have required markings, including cell phone cases and purses that resemble firearms

Firearm accessories

ChannelAdvisor prohibits the listing or sale of certain firearm and imitation firearm accessories. Examples of permitted listings

  • Butt plates
  • Fixed stocks, with the exception of thumbhole stocks
  • Grip extensions that do not add capacity and do not allow for the use of a higher capacity magazine
  • Grips designed for handguns
  • Holsters
  • Laser sights that are properly labeled with laser strength and class (with the exception of guide rod laser sights, which are prohibited)
  • Magazine floor plates/base plates
  • Magazine loaders, except for those that can accommodate the following calibers: .223/5.56; 7.62×51; 308; 7.62×39; 5.45×39
  • Reloading kits and equipment
  • Scopes, including:
  • Night vision or infrared scopes.
    • Note: These are subject to geographic sales restrictions.
  • Choke tubes without spikes
  • Single picatinny or weaver rails
  • Suppressors or silencers that are permanently affixed to and are integral to the barrel of airsoft, air, and paintball guns.
  • Note: These are subject to geographic sales restrictions.
  • Trigger guards
  • Two point and traditional slings
  • Vise blocks not intended for use with assault weapons

Examples of prohibited listings

  • Assault weapon parts or accessories or products marketed as assault weapon parts or accessories, including reference to various assault weapon models
  • Parts or combination of parts designed or intended to convert a firearm into an assault weapon
  • Gun parts and accessories, even when designed or marketed for use with paintball, airsoft, or air guns, such as:
    • Assault weapon conversion kits
    • Assault weapon grips, forend grips, front grips, and foregrips
  • Assault weapon and AR-specific tools, such as:
    • Vise blocks
    • AR-15/M16 armorer’s wrenches or combo wrenches
    • Bullet button tools
  • Auto sears, such as:
    • Full auto sears (also known as drop-in auto sear or DIAS)
    • AR-15 auto sears
    • Auto sears II
  • Barrels, barrel shrouds, barrel extenders, heat guards, hand guards, and vent cooling slots
  • Battery assist levers
  • Bayonet mounts and any device for attaching a bayonet to a firearm
  • Camouflaging gun containers designed to fire without removing the gun from its container
  • Charging handles, latches, and assemblies
  • Detachable carry handles and assault rifle carry handles
  • Ejection port, ejection port covers, and dust covers
  • Frames
  • Gas blocks, gas tubes, and gas pistons
  • Certain grips and grip accessories, such as:
    • Pistol grips designed for attachment to an assault weapon, rifle, or shotgun
    • Folding, vertical, and tactical grips
    • Angled foregrips and ambidextrous foregrips
    • Grip pods, funnels, and extensions
    • Hand stops
  • Door breachers
  • Kits that can be used to create gun magazines
  • Machine gun conversion kits and any part or combination of parts for converting a firearm into an automatic weapon
  • Magazines and related items, such as:
    • Magazine components or extensions
    • Magazine cinches, couplers, connectors, dual mag holders, dual mag clamps and followers
  • Magazine loaders that can accommodate the following calibers: .223/5.56; 7.62×51; 308; 7.62×39; 5.45×39
  • Multi-rail systems, including quad rails and rail covers, free-floating and drop-in handguards
  • Muzzle brakes (also known as muzzle tamers)
  • Pistol stabilizing braces
  • Pumkin punchers
  • Recoil compensators
  • Receivers, including lower and upper receivers
  • Receiver extensions and pins
  • Receiver wedges or buffers that tighten loose upper and lower receivers
  • AR-specific jig kits
  • Revolving cylinder for a shotgun Selector levers, detents, and switches
  • Single point, 3-point, tactical, and quick detach slings
  • Sling plates and end plates
  • Slide fire stock and weapons kits, such as:
    • Bump firing devices, stocks, and kits
  • Solvent trap oil filter adapters, solvent traps and homemade silencers, and component parts for solvent traps and homemade silencers
  • Any non-fixed stock, including telescoping, folding or collapsible stocks
  • Silencers or suppressors, including:
    • Flash suppressors
    • Sound suppressors
    • Suppressors marketed or intended for airsoft, air guns, or paintball guns
    • Fake, mock, or faux silencers or suppressors
  • Takedown pins, pivot pins, cam pins, and roll pins
  • Threaded barrel adapters
  • Thumbhole stocks
  • Trigger activators, such as:
    • Multi-burst trigger activators
    • Trigger attachments
    • Devices that facilitate so called “bump-firing”
  • All internal/moving gun parts, even when designed or marketed for use with paintball, airsoft, or air guns, such as:
    • Bolt catch releases, assemblies, actuators, and battery assist levers
    • Bolt carriers, bolt pins, and buffer pins
    • Buffer tubes, extension tubes, recoil buffers, and related parts
    • Firing pins, springs, and stops
    • Guide rods
    • Trigger, trigger assemblies, or fire control groups
    • Upgrade parts and replacement parts
    • Anti-walk pins
  • Firearm production machinery


ChannelAdvisor prohibits the listing or sale of explosive devices and products that contain explosive materials.

Examples of permitted listings

  • Flares designed for safety, emergency, or distress signaling purposes
    • Note: These are subject to geographic sales restrictions
  • Plastic toy hand grenades

Examples of prohibited listings

  • Explosives, such as:
    • Fireworks
    • Flares, flare launchers, flare guns, flare gun receivers
    • Grenades, such as:
      • Military practice grenades
      • Rifle grenades
      • Smoke grenades
      • Metal replica grenades
    • Grenade launchers
    • Improvised explosive devices, including training aids, accessories, and certain explosive precursors
    • Mines
    • Projectile and concussive products that employ gunpowder or explosives


ChannelAdvisor prohibits the listing or sale of firearm ammunition and ammunition components for assault weapons, black powder guns, handguns, muzzleloaders, pistols, shotguns, and rifles.

Examples of permitted listings

  • Ammunition that does not contain lead or gunpowder such as:
    • BB, air, pellet, and airsoft ammunition.
      • Note: These are subject to geographic sales restrictions.
    • Paintball gun paint pellets
    • Plastic non-explosive training aids, such as solid plastic ammunition

Examples of prohibited listings

  • Firearm ammunition, such as:
    • Ammunition for pistols and rifles, including assault weapons
    • Slugs
    • Shotgun shells
    • Ballistic loads
    • Hollow point
    • Round balls
  • Ammunition components, such as:
    • Black powder
    • Blanks
    • Bullets
    • Bullet tips
    • Casings
    • Gun powder
    • Primers
    • Shotgun Shells
    • Smokeless powder

Violations of this policy may result in various consequences to be determined by ChannelAdvisor is its sole discretion, from account or listing suspension to termination, depending on the circumstances.

To the extent the policy of a particular marketplace or other site is more restrictive than this policy, those restrictions shall take precedence over this policy as to transactions on that site.

Effective January 1, 2020