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Amazon’s Hypocritical Anti-Gun Policies

I’ve long been a big fan of Amazon. I have a Prime membership that I use all the time, and over the years I’ve spent a lot of money on Amazon. While I’ve always known that Amazon didn’t allow firearms to be sold or advertised on their platform, what I didn’t know until recently is the sheer number of items they prohibit, and the seemingly hypocritical way in which they enforce their restricted product policies.

Boxer Tactical Omni Sling

Omni sling vs dog leash

Omni Sling vs dog leash – same materials sewed differently

Billy from Boxer Tactical contacted me a couple days ago to tell me about the problems they’ve had selling their Omni Sling on Amazon.

Boxer Tactical currently sells their products exclusively through Amazon, and they do this for a few reasons. First, Amazon does a pretty good job of order fulfillment from the customer’s standpoint. They are, at least in my opinion, one of the best in that department, and they should be, considering that Amazon is the world’s largest online retailer. Second, by using Amazon to take orders, process payments and ship, it allows Boxer Tactical to focus on what they do best: make gear.

On March 11, Amazon contacted Boxer Tactical stating that their Omni Sling was removed from the Amazon catalog because it had been identified as a “single point sling.” If you are like me, and you regularly shop on Amazon, you might be surprised to hear that single point slings, along with a slew of other weapon related products, are prohibited on Amazon. The list of prohibited items includes things like magazines, anything to do with “assault weapons” both parts and accessories, barrels, quad rails and rail covers just to name a few.

Amazon’s removal of the Omni Sling raises a few problems.

Problem #1

The first problem with Amazon’s claim is the most obvious – the Boxer Tactical Omni Sling is not a single point, it’s a 2 point sling, which is allowed by Amazon (go figure). No big deal right? I mean, we shouldn’t expect the people at Amazon who enforce these policies to know the difference between a single and a 2 point sling (even though it clearly stated “2 Point Sling” in the Omni product description), so Billy set out to correct their error. However, this led to an even bigger problem that perhaps you’ve already spotted.

Problem #2

The bigger problem is that Amazon, not independent sellers, is selling items from their own restricted list. We’re not talking independent companies like Boxer Tactical, we’re talking Amazon buying product on the open market, warehousing those items and selling them. For example (click for a larger version):

Example 1

Example 1

Example 2

Example 2

In the screenshots above, you see where it says “ships from and sold by” That’s Amazon directly violating their own policies, and you can find many more examples with a quick search.

No Resolution

Billy went back and forth with Amazon but never got his sling reinstated. When Billy pointed out the error of their judgement, Amazon changed their reasoning from “it’s a single point sling” to “it’s tactical.” When Billy pointed out their hypocrisy as discussed above, he was ignored.

So why was Boxer Tactical seemingly singled out? It’s hard to say, but interested parties can view a PDF of the entire exchange here (contact info redacted).

Wrapping Up

While I do not agree with Amazon’s anti-gun choices, they are free to restrict whatever products they choose. I’m not suggesting they shouldn’t be allowed to, nor am I suggesting that we start a boycott of Amazon, but I would like to see Amazon more clearly and fairly enforce their policies, as well as abide by their own rules. Those of you who sell on Amazon, take notice.

26 Responses to Amazon’s Hypocritical Anti-Gun Policies

  1. Hillbilly Bob March 27, 2014 at 4:27 pm #

    Damn I bought a single point sling and the adapter plate for the sling that goes between the receiver and gas tube (Nut) about 2-3 months ago
    I also bought a flashlight clamp that goes on the rail of my S&W M&P at the same time or maybe a few days later

    • Brandon March 27, 2014 at 4:31 pm #

      I too, have unknowingly purchased prohibited items from Amazon, items that were warehoused and sold by Amazon.

      • Robbie March 27, 2014 at 7:54 pm #

        Im right there with you Brandon. Ive been a prime member for four years and bought a ton of Magpul stuff including a sling. It was all sold and shipped from Amazon. Sucks that they are doing this to a small business like Boxer.

  2. dgdimick March 27, 2014 at 4:34 pm #

    I’ve bought 3 or 4 Magpul Slings off of Amazon. Wonder who goth the stick up their butt over at Amazon.

  3. Ray March 27, 2014 at 4:34 pm #

    I agree 100% with your comments about Amazon. The best thing for everyone to do is buy something from boxer tactical, especially an omni sling. How do I order an omni sling?

  4. Jeremy March 27, 2014 at 4:44 pm #

    And let’s not forget that Amazon advertises and sells M4 stocks using Google PPC. Of course, we’re not allowed to advertise like that . . .

  5. Chad March 27, 2014 at 6:17 pm #

    The American gun/shooting/enthusiasts community is large enough to support a supplier that ships and carries ONLY tactical, gun, shooting, firearms related supplies and equipment. If you build it we will come…

  6. eric March 27, 2014 at 6:53 pm #

    I bought a single point sling like 2 months ago from them. They are still selling it.

  7. Joseph Kiesznoski (@santa6642) March 27, 2014 at 6:56 pm #

    That is why i am no longer a prime memberand the fact they raised interest rates., I genneraly payed it off by end of monty except at Xmas times , I get behind,.

  8. David March 27, 2014 at 7:10 pm #


  9. Luke March 27, 2014 at 7:43 pm #

    I used to sell textbooks and bicycle wheels on Amazon in college (I was a beer drinking bike mechanic, and building wheels and selling them bought a lot of beer) and always had great ratings from buyers.

    One day out of the blue my account was frozen with over $700 in it waiting to be dispersed to me, and I could no longer list anything for sale. The only thing that Amazon would tell me was that they had reason to believe that my account was associated with another account that wasn’t in good standing. This was probably 5-6 years ago, and even through multiple appeals, I’m still unable to sell through Amazon, and I still don’t know why.

    Screw em, and toss together a quick wordpress site with woocommerce and start selling without Amazon.

  10. rumblestrip March 27, 2014 at 8:18 pm #

    SquareSpace has an e-commerce set up and ready to go when you do your site with them. I don’t think they take a cut either.

  11. Spencer March 27, 2014 at 8:19 pm #

    I have bought so much AR stuff off amazon. I have even sold single and double point slings on amazon and QD rail attachments. I have received several emails that I am to never sell prohibited items on their site again.

  12. Cody Ruoff March 27, 2014 at 9:03 pm #

    I bought a magpul cell phone case sold by amazon…it is super Tactical. Or maybe it is just tacti-cool.

    In all seriousness, this is ridiculous. I actually bought example number 2 from amazon, it ended up being a piece of shit but that’s beside the point. I personally will not being buying anything from amazon until this issue is resolved. I’d rather support distributors who are actually 2nd amendment supporters and not complete hypocrites.

  13. shawn March 28, 2014 at 1:43 am #

    Call them and complain.

  14. shawn March 28, 2014 at 2:00 am #

    If you do not cancel your prime acount you are just as hyprocritical..

    • Brandon March 28, 2014 at 9:05 am #

      Oh well let me get right on that Shawn.

  15. enscriptchun March 28, 2014 at 5:47 am #

    Letter writing campaign is definitely a good idea.

    I’ve already e-mailed them to complain.

  16. George March 28, 2014 at 6:14 am #

    I personally purchased the majority of my AR accessories through Amazon before they started this whole prohibited products BS and promoted them a lot. While it doesn’t bother me if the pro gun community continues to use amazon, I personally have stopped using the site completely after I had a conversation with a small business owner who primary sold gun gear ect through Amazon. His business since has struggled immensely and he may lose his business. Basically I refuse to use amazon not just because of them being anti gun essentially but hurting small AMERICAN businesses to the point of being put out of business all together.

  17. Brian Palmatier March 28, 2014 at 6:53 am #

    I’d like to know how this is any different than a wedding photographer choosing to not do business with a gay couple getting married? If said photographer can be forced by the courts to deliver services to anyone, then how can Amazon choose to not deliver goods to people based on similar bias? I personally think they should be able to choose, but it does seem hypocritical for sure.

  18. Ted March 28, 2014 at 8:18 am #

    Another company famous for unreasonable restrictions is Sportsmans Guide. Living in NJ,( I know, I know!), every item in their catalogs has an endless list of restriction codes. Anything ar15 related, especially if “ar15” is in the name, gets flagged. Technically, ar15s ARE banned here, but by name only (I own a mp15 here). My best example of SG’s stupidity is a front sight tool being restricted. Really?! I have even had a dialogue with them and they claim it’s due to “possible” pending court cases in particular jurisdictions. I was always more interested in their ammo but would look through the catalog and get pissed at their ignorance. Now I just throw the catalog away as soon as I get it.

  19. Stoney March 28, 2014 at 3:03 pm #

    Damn it, damn it, damn it. I love Amazon Prime. I’m torn by this. It was the best way to get snack and hygiene goods overseas with free shipping.

  20. Pitt March 28, 2014 at 9:46 pm #

    Vote with your wallet. There are a lot of shooters in this country.

  21. Nick July 24, 2014 at 8:18 pm #

    I’m a little late to this conversation, but has Boxer been able to find an alternative to selling on Amazon? Unfortunately, the hypocrisy is still happening on Amazon. Anything tactical is slowly being fazed out completely. I know, because I sell on Amazon (although I don’t know how much longer).

    • Brandon July 24, 2014 at 8:20 pm #

      I haven’t heard if they have finished moving or not, I’ll try to find out for you.