Google Gun Ban


February 18, 2003, 07:49 PM
I was looking for a scope mount for my M1A and came across a story about the Google search engine filtering out firearms related search results and banning firearm ads. I don't know how accurate the filtering part is because I found this site via google. YMMV. More details can be found here

Sorry if this is the wrong forum for this post but I thought people might be interested.


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February 18, 2003, 07:57 PM
Hmm, I typed in gun and received no problems whatsoever. Strange.

Try it it again, please post a link when you get that message.

February 18, 2003, 08:01 PM
They don't allow advertising, but they do put the links in the search engine.

Mal H
February 18, 2003, 08:01 PM
I have searched for and found tons of gun-related material using Google. If they have a gun filter installed, they need to get their money back from the developer. :)

Don Gwinn
February 18, 2003, 08:01 PM
The policy is common knowledge, but that case does a good job of exemplifying the sheer stupidity of it all. Clearly they didn't read either his emails or their own.

February 18, 2003, 08:01 PM
Sorry, my first message wasn't clear. They are actually refusing business from gun and knife advertisers. It's been a long day.


Standing Wolf
February 18, 2003, 09:33 PM
Google's anti-Second Amendment bigotry means I use it only when other search engines don't produce the needed results.

February 18, 2003, 10:12 PM
My AOL enhanced by Google works fine, I got the following under Remington Guns:

AOL/Google Remington Gun Search (

February 18, 2003, 10:23 PM
This is the first I've heard of it too.
(But it's not surprising considering Google's blossoming relationship with Aye?-Oh-welL...)

February 18, 2003, 10:35 PM
Well, I did 'firearms' and it returned no ads. I figured I'd give a few other searches a try, 'gay sex' returned two, 'pedophilia' 'man boy love' 'alcohol' and 'tobacco' returned none.

No I didn't click on the gay sex ads :D, nor does the skunk agree with pulling gay sex ads under political pressure.

February 18, 2003, 11:05 PM
I've never had a problem not finding anything with Google that I could with other engines. However, they do have a filter. Suppsoedly it only filters sexual content, but who knows what goes on in the minds of programmers.

Go to, click on the Preferences link on the right side (right under Advanced) and turn it off under "Safe Search" then click "Save Preferences".

February 18, 2003, 11:19 PM
Gives plenty of pictures of guns......



M249 SAW:



February 19, 2003, 01:01 AM
it could be your ISP, I went to a friends house and any time I typed warez in a google search his browser would crash.

February 19, 2003, 01:44 PM
Google's search engine doesn't filter out results from firearms related searches. They simply reject advertising for firearms products and businesses. They don't accept advertising for tobacco products or businesses either. As someone mentioned in another Google thread that there may be many magazines and newspapers who do not accept advertising for firearms either.

Google is a good search engine. Actually Google is a great search engine. You can find plenty of gun info on it as well, you just wont find any commercial advertising that's gun related using it.

February 19, 2003, 04:25 PM
Heh, heh.

I just discovered that if you install the Google Tool Bar, then uninstall it, it asks you for your comments so they can improve their service.

I sent them this:

"Your decision to refuse to accept advertising from the HIGHLY REGULATED and legal firearms industry is the reason I will now use other search engines, and will encourage others to do so."

February 19, 2003, 05:07 PM
Hmm, I just did a search for "shooting" and, in addition to pages (and pages...) of results, came up with an ad for Rifle Magazine.

And while we're at it, lets not forget to boycott the 1911 Forum for refusing to allow guns for sale posts in a highly regulated and entirely legal industry. Sheesh, who do they think they are. :rolleyes:

February 21, 2003, 11:50 AM
I've found that most of the net companies have anti-gun tendencies:banghead:

February 21, 2003, 12:00 PM

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