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Firearms, weapons, knives & military items policy

Policy overview

Most weapons can't be listed on eBay because of strict federal and provincial 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.

Since many firearm-related items, gun parts, gun accessories, paintball equipment and accessories, stun guns, crossbows, airsoft equipment and accessories, hand weapons and throwing knives are not permitted on eBay, sellers must carefully review our guidelines section below before listing these items and adhere to all the policies outlined.

Violations of this policy may result in a range of actions, including:

  • Listing cancellation

  • Limits on account privileges

  • Account suspension

  • Forfeit of eBay fees on cancelled listings

  • Loss of PowerSeller status

What are the guidelines?

Most replica firearms are restricted and must follow certain guidelines. Please read below for additional details.


  • Paintball guns that don't look like real guns – they don't need to have blaze orange barrel markings.

Allowed in some situations

  • Replica firearms as long as the following criteria are met:

    • The item includes appropriate markings

    • The item only ships within Canada

    • The item cannot shoot or be converted to shoot a projectile

      Note: This excludes Airsoft guns, which are prohibited on the Canadian site.

  • 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 and product must  describe the item as a paintball gun and cannot describe the item as a firearm.

  • Ammunition magazines for replica airsoft firearms, including imitation firearms of assault of weapons that show the top of the magazine. You need to include a picture of your item in your listing and product 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 as long as the actual size is noted in the item description and a picture of the actual item is included that clearly indicates the scale of the item (such as a ruler or a coin).

  • Training firearms (usually brightly coloured, solid plastic replicas) as long as a picture of the actual item is included in the listing and product that clearly shows that the item is solid and not real.

Not allowed

  • Airsoft guns

  • Any replica firearms that doesn’t have appropriate markings

  • Paintball cannons

  • Paintball guns that look like real guns and don't have appropriate markings

  • 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 they can’t be converted 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.


  • Ammunition for BB guns, pellet guns, or Airsoft guns

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

  • Reloading equipment

  • Snap caps

Allowed in some situations

  • 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 and product needs to say the item doesn't contain ammunition.

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 the sale of assault weapons and parts and accessories for assault weapons.

Allowed in some situations

  • Accessories that fit a variety of different weapons, including assault weapons. But in your listing or product, you can't mention any assault weapon compatibility.

Not allowed

  • Any weapon defined as an assault weapon by federal or provincial law

  • Bayonets designed to fit an assault weapon

  • Blueprints, milling, or forging specifications for assault weapons

  • Flash suppressors

  • Grenade launchers

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

  • Items identified as a part for an assault weapon or as an accessory for an assault weapon

  • Listings or products for gun parts that don't specify the kinds of weapons the parts are used for

  • Receivers or frames for assault weapons, regardless of whether they're complete receivers and frames, components and parts of receivers and frames, or cut or 80 percent receivers

We don't allow listings for BB guns, pellet guns, or air rifles because they generally shoot a metal projectile and they're considered weapons in many provinces and countries.


  • You can use the word “BB” to describe the ammunition for a BB gun

  • You can use the words “Gas Blow Back” or “GBB” to describe a replica firearm with that feature

Not allowed

  • Air rifles and air pistols

  • BB guns. Note: Listings or products for replica guns can't use the words "BB gun" in the title or description

  • Pellet guns

  • Pop guns

We don't allow listings or products 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 or products 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 ( under certain conditions.
Note: If you're selling body armour, be sure to read the requirements in the Additional information section on our military items policy.


  • Body armour 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.

Allowed in some situations

  • 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 and product. 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 and product clearly calls out both of the following:

    • The item was never actual ordnance

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

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 okay to sell, but only under certain conditions. See the list below for more details.


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

  • Non-pneumatic spear guns

Allowed in some situations

  • 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 and product must include a description of the type of firearm the accessory or part is used for. If it doesn't, the listing and product 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.)

Not allowed

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

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

  • Firearm frames, including grip frames

  • Firearm kits that are used to create a firearm

  • Firearm receivers, including parts, upper or lower, cut, or 80 percent receivers

  • Gun parts, including, but not limited to:

    • Barrels

    • Choke tubes

    • Cylinders

    • Firing pins

    • Frames, including grip frames

    • Magazines, regardless of capacity

    • Receivers, including parts, upper or lower, cut, or 80 per cent receivers

    • Slides

    • Trigger assemblies

  • Flash suppressors

  • Pneumatic spear guns

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

  • Sears

  • Silencers

  • Starter pistols or blank guns, regardless of their markings

  • Zip guns

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.


  • Instruction or training manuals on how to use hand weapons

  • Wii Nunchuk controllers for the Nintendo Wii

Allowed in some situations

  • 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 or product. However, weapons that are foam padded or foam with a metal interior aren't 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.


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

  • Katana or stick swords

  • Oversized balisong knives – the kind that require two hands to open

  • Tactical daggers

  • Throwing knives

Allowed in some situations

  • 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 are not sharp enough to penetrate the body

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

U.S. federal laws and regulations strictly control the import and export of certain military items and information manufactured or developed in the United States, whether or not the buyer or seller are located in the U.S. In addition to prohibiting the listing of military ordnance and other weapons and equipment listed above, sellers are not allowed to list any items or information covered by Part 121 of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR).
Sellers need to review ITAR Part 121, also known as the United States Munitions List before listing any military items or information on eBay. If the item you want to list is included on the United States Munitions List, it isn't allowed on eBay. Examples of items not allowed on eBay include night vision goggles, body armor, technical data manuals, gas masks, and protective clothing. The sale of any information, technical data, instruction manuals, or any other military data covered by ITAR Part 121 in any format is strictly prohibited.
eBay cooperates with domestic and international government and law enforcement agencies to ensure that all applicable laws and regulations are followed by our members.
Some personal defense items 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, provincial and federal laws and regulations.


  • Blowgun darts

  • Bows and arrows

  • Information or instructions on how to make a potato gun

  • Paintball blowguns

  • Slingshots

  • Spud pistols

Allowed in some situations

  • Animal repellant spray, as long as it shipped domestically

Not allowed

  • Blow guns

  • Crossbows

  • Dart guns

  • Flare guns or flares

  • Mace

  • Pepper spray

  • Potato guns such as bazookas, cannons, or launchers

  • Tear gas

Stun guns are prohibited in Canada.


  • Stun gun holsters

Not allowed

  • Stun guns

  • Disguised stun guns

  • Stun batons

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

  • Tasers, taser attachments, taser parts and accessories

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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