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Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by ReloaderFred, Aug 1, 2007.

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  1. ReloaderFred

    ReloaderFred Mentor

    Apr 28, 2005
    Oregon Coast
    I was advised that ebay is going to prohibit the sale of firearms accessories on their site beginning sometime this month (August). I sent the president of ebay, Matt Halprin, an e-mail, asking if this was true. Below is my original letter and the response I received this morning:

    Dear Mr. Halprin,
    It's my understanding that ebay is changing it's policy on accepting
    auctions for gun parts, which will not allow them to be sold on your
    network. I've been an ebay buyer and seller for a number of years, and
    have bought gun parts through ebay several times. Since there are no
    federal laws against the selling of gun parts, other than receivers, I
    don't understand why there would be a policy against accepting these
    types of auctions.
    I'm a retired law enforcement manager from a large agency in California.
    In my experience, both before I retired and after, I've seen no abuse of
    this type of activity on public auction sites. I think it would only be
    fair to explain your decision, if this is the case, and then engage in a
    meaningful dialog concerning any issues you may have with firearms and
    Please feel free to contact me at any time to discuss this issue.

    Hello Fred,

    Thank you for your recent email to Matt Halprin in regard to changes to
    our Firearms, Weapons and Knives policy. He has asked that I review your
    email and respond on his behalf.

    At eBay we take the safety of our community and our marketplace very
    seriously. We have a Trust and Safety team which consists of more than
    2,000 experts in online security and safety who are located around the
    globe. This team is dedicated to ensuring that our marketplace is a safe
    and trusted place for buyers and sellers to engage in trade.

    We value an open and transparent marketplace; if items are legal to buy
    and sell in an unrestricted manner we allow them on our site. However,
    there are some items that while legal, may not be safe for our
    marketplace. In these instances, our applicable policies go beyond the
    law to ensure that our marketplace is safe.

    Currently we do not allow actual firearms on the site. After careful
    consideration our executives and our Trust and Safety team determined
    that any item required to fire a gun has no place on eBay. All of our
    policies are under constant review. As the Internet and the way our
    communities use the Internet evolves, our policies and our marketplace
    must evolve with it. We determined that this policy change was in the
    best interest of promoting a safe marketplace for all members.


    Office of the President
    eBay, Inc.

    The e-mail address I sent my letter to was: mhalprin@eBay.com
    I would suggest that he be inundated with e-mails, but that they should be respectful. He should know that he's stirred up a hornet's nest and that our sport is a part of the U.S. Constitution.

    Hope this helps.

  2. Justin

    Justin Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 29, 2002
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