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Explosives, Weapons, and Related Items

Important: If you supply products for sale on Amazon, you must comply with all federal, state, and local laws and Amazon policies applicable to those products and product listings.
Our policy: You must comply with all applicable federal laws when selling 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, 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. Sellers using Fulfillment by Amazon, please also see FBA Prohibited Products for additional product restrictions.

The following examples of permitted and prohibited listings are not exhaustive, but should be instructive in evaluating products for listing and sale.


Amazon 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


Amazon 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 and are not eligible for sale through FBA.
  • 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


Amazon prohibits 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
    • Starter 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

Amazon 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
  • Grips designed for handguns
  • Holsters
  • Laser sights that are properly labeled with laser strength and class
  • Magazine floor plates/base plates
  • Magazine loaders, except for those that can accommodate the following calibers: .223/5.56; 7.62x51; 308; 7.62x39; 5.45x39
  • Reloading kits and equipment
  • Scopes, including:
    • Night vision or infrared scopes.
      Note: These are subject to geographic sales restrictions.
  • Shotgun choke tubes
  • 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 or airsoft 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
  • 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, and dual mag clamps
  • Magazine loaders that can accommodate the following calibers: .223/5.56; 7.62x51; 308; 7.62x39; 5.45x39
  • 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, 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

Knives and other bladed products

Amazon policy prohibits the listing or sale of certain knives, including switchblades, balisongs, stilettos, and some blades designed to look like harmless items.

Examples of permitted listings

  • Knives: typical hunting or kitchen knives, such as:
    • Hunting knives
    • Kitchen knives
    • Replica swords
    • Machetes
    • Claw knives or karambit knives
    • Throwing spears and knives
      Note: These items are not eligible for sale through FBA.
    • Umbrella knives
      Note: These are subject to geographic sales restrictions.
    • Spring-assisted or assisted-opening knives that do not automatically extend

Examples of prohibited listings

  • Automatic knives, also known as switchblade knives
  • Balisong knives, also known as butterfly knives
  • Concealed swords, including:
    • Cane-swords
    • Shobi-zue (a staff, crutch, stick, rod, or pole concealing a knife or blade within it)
    • Swordsticks
  • Gravity or gravity-assisted knives
  • Knives disguised to look like harmless items, such as:
    • Air gauge knives
    • Belt buckle knives
    • Comb knives or hairbrush knives
    • Lipstick case knives
    • Writing pen knives
  • Knuckle knives, including:
    • Fixed or folding blade knives with split knuckle duster handles
  • Pilum ballistic knives
  • Push daggers, including:
    • Punch daggers
    • Punch knives
    • Push dirks
    • T-handled knives
  • "Slasher" knives or other devices used in cockfighting
  • Spring-loaded knives
  • Stiletto knives
  • Throwing stars, including:
    • Batman symbols
    • Cyclone knives
    • Kung Fu stars
    • Metal throwing stars
    • Ninja stars
    • Shirken
    • Throwing cards

Other products

Amazon prohibits the listing or sale of blunt force striking weapons, body armor, body armor plates, and other dangerous weapons.

Examples of permitted listings

  • Blow guns
    Note: These are subject to geographic sales restrictions.
  • Crossbows and other archery bows
    Note: These are subject to geographic sales restrictions.
  • Foam nunchaku
  • Handcuffs
    Note: These are subject to geographic sales restrictions.
  • Koga and kubotan
  • Night vision accessories
  • Pepper spray
    Note: These are subject to geographic sales restrictions and are not eligible for sale through FBA.
  • Products with monkey fist knots that are made entirely of rope
  • Spearguns for spear fishing
  • Self-defense stinger tools
  • Slingshots, including wrist-brace slingshots.
    Note: These are subject to geographic sales restrictions.
  • Stun guns or electroshock weapons
    Note: These are subject to geographic sales restrictions.
  • Tactical pens

Examples of prohibited listings

  • Body armor and any product including or designed for the insertion of body armor plates. This includes bulletproof or ballistic helmets and clothing.
  • Caltrops
  • Certain martial arts items, such as:
    • Brass, plastic, or metal knuckles, including spiked keychains and rings or any product held over one’s knuckles that could be used to strike someone
    • Leaded canes, staffs, crutches, and sticks
    • Nunchaku (also known as nun chucks or chuka sticks)
    • Sandclubs, sandbags, or slungshots (also known as saps or blackjacks)
    • Throwing stars (also known as shirkens or shurikens)
    • Tonfas
    • Kusari-fundo (also known as manrikis)
  • Clubs and blunt force striking instruments, including items marketed for striking a person or animal, such as:
    • Billy, billy clubs, and police batons
    • Escrima sticks
    • Rattan canes (when designed or intended as a striking weapon)
    • Bo staffs and jo staffs
    • Truncheons, nightsticks, and batons
    • Sjamboks
    • Weighted clubs
    • Blackjacks
    • Bludgeons
    • Sap hats, also known as slap hats
  • Weapons designed to be concealed
  • Weapons or other items intended solely for law enforcement or military use

Additional useful information

Last updated 07/09/2018

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