Jousting with eBay windmills.

Jousting with eBay windmills.

This is a discussion on Jousting with eBay windmills. within the Defensive Rifles & Shotgun Discussion forums, part of the Related Topics category; I know... I just was having some fun with them. Not even sure I got it exactly correct but ... A little background I saw ...

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    Jousting with eBay windmills.

    I know... I just was having some fun with them. Not even sure I got it exactly correct but ... A little background

    I saw an auciton for an AR Bolt assembly, a carry handle and a scope mount on eBay the other night for $125 buy it now. So bought it. Good seller. Lady that was selling it for her Son. Perfect feedback and lots of it. Well... a couple hours after I had bought it and paid her and she and I had conversed we get a email from eBay telling us the Auction was cancelled for illegal item listed. So... I and the lady agreed that we were going with the deal and screw eBay. But I decided to harrass them a bit. Here is the exchange. If it amuses you to do so.

    I am replying to the automatic message canceling the Auction (now remember I already bought it and paid for it and the seller has shipped it today by the way):

    My first reply

    Subject:Listing Ended Prohibited Item
    Message: Auction# 110082299008

    There is nothing prohibited by eBay nor any federal or State law (including California) that was listed in this auction. All three items are within the rules of eBay and parts of a firearm that are legal to sell in all 50 states. They are not regulated parts in any way. Even under the Assault weapons ban states there three parts do not make up any of the restricted parts. So whomever you have reviewing these things needs to go back to school. These are totaly legal parts within the regulations of California, all other states and within the rules of eBay. You owe this seller an appology.


    eBay's "Nash" replies

    On 1/23/07 8:06 PM, "eBay Customer Support" <>

    wrote: Dear eBay Member,

    Thank you for writing eBay in regard to the AR-15 parts auction that you are concerned about.

    Firearm-related items and weapons may cause harm to the eBay Community. Additionally, the sale of these items may be regulated by the
    government. For these reasons, eBay restricts the sale of
    firearm-related items and weapons to a very few types. Sellers can list
    these types of items on eBay under very specific conditions only.

    The AR-15 is considered an assault weapon under the California Penal Code, section 12276:

    "12276. As used in this chapter, "assault weapon" shall mean the
    following designated semiautomatic firearms: (5) Colt AR-15 series."

    The sale of any assault weapon-related parts or accessories is not
    permitted on eBay because selling these items is highly regulated by the government or may be illegal in some areas. The prohibited items include
    stocks, grips, slings, sights, or any part or accessory that is described as an assault weapon by either federal or California state

    As these were parts for an assault weapon, they are prohibited under
    eBay's Firearms, Weapons and Knives policy and the auction was removed

    For more information on the eBay Firearms, Weapons, and Knives policy,
    please visit:

    If you need further assistance, please don't hesitate to reply to this
    email and let us know.


    eBay Customer Support

    Me again:


    Thanks the response.

    But... It does no good to point to a definition if you do not read the law as to why they had to define it. What that definition is then used to do is important.

    California allows sales of AR-15's as long as they are constructed with a fixed magazine of no more 10 rounds and proper permits are obtained. That is the ENTIRE GUN that is the Firearm defined, not parts. California "restricts them". It does not ban them. It puts forth specific regulations to own and possess them. You are confusing Ban with Restrict. And you are then quoting ONLY the definition section of the law. Your not reading far enough. And I think your concluding that they are banned? No... Not the case.

    Your definition of them as Assault Rifles is correct for California. And a few other states. But not by most. And not by the Federal Law. You see there really is no such thing as an Assault Rifle. All Rifles "could be used to assault". Or could be used to hunt or target shoot. But for the purposes of this discussion lets just get past that.

    They are not banned. They are "restricted". But parts are not a "firearm". Most components of them are within the law and legal to sell in California. Everything that you list is perfectly legal to sell anywhere. By federal and state law.

    The part that is the "firearm" of an AR is the lower receiver. It can be bought in California, but must ship to an Federal Firearms Licensee and be properly transferred to the owner who has obtained a permit.

    California exempts the owners prior to 1992 from the restrictions. California then defines what components a AR can have or not have to be legally owned. It is the owners responsibility to comply with the law. California then goes on to define what permit will be needed to obtain one. You see they are not "Banned" in any way. They are restricted. And the part that is covered, in the case of the AR, is the receiver. Not all the other parts and pieces because that receiver IS the firearm.

    And there is no Federal Assault Weapons restrictions in place anymore. They were allowed to expire because they had no value. It became evident that the only people that were affected were reasonable law abiding citizens and not crooks. Because crooks don't obey laws. Which is typical of such laws. They end up affected the wrong people. The law abiding.

    Parts of firearms, including the items in this persons auction ARE NOT illegal to sell in any state (including California) and are not in violation of eBay policy which DOES NOT say that parts cannot be sold of any kind. It says "firearms" cannot be sold. And under all state and federal laws the parts do not make up a firearm. Only one key component is the Firearm by definition. It is the receiver or frame that contains the serial number. Those definitions are Federally mandated. And California defines them the same way.

    Your attempting to oversimplify something. And so your conclusions are wrong. There are a bunch of Auctions on eBay at this very minute selling perfectly legitimate Firearm related items which are both legal and within eBay's policy. If you wish to change your policy to make it simpler for you then you will have to just come out and say that nothing even firearm related can be sold. Would that be simple enough to just clearly say it? Is there some reason you have to be misleading about it?

    So in conclusion: You are incorrectly defining "firearm" and misinterpreting California Law as well. And you are then attempting to apply your erroneous interpretation of California law to the rest of the Nation.

    I don't expect to sway you as it appears your of the mindset that you know what's best. However I aim to at least point out to you the error of your ways and why many people innocently are being accused of selling things that are perfectly legal to sell. If you wish to look more carefully into the laws then do so. If you wish to clearly make anything firearm related against your policy then do so. But do it clearly and completely one way or another.

    Last edited by cphilip; January 24th, 2007 at 11:35 AM. Reason: Fix typo in title

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    Oh... I am tiring of it now. But just decided to irritate them.

    "We are putting eBay in danger with our dangerous assault weapons"....

    I feel bad about that... ;)

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    I think you wasted your time trying to reason with unreasonable people, but nicely done anyway.
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    Oh yea... thats obviously a waste of time. Better have tried and failed before me!

    I didn't even tripple check my facts because I knew he wouldn't even read it. His eyes probably glazed over the minute he read the first paragraph.

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    Nice work with ebay.

    Just for future reference, you were Jousting with ebay. Joisting is building a flooring system.

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    The problem you have in your argument with eBay is that they are not saying it is illegal to sell those items, only that it is against eBay's policy, which it is. If you want to change that, you need to speak with eBay's management and that won't have a prayer of success - we already know they are far-left and antigun.
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    Just sell the stuff on Gun Broker. Screw e-bay if they think that gun parts put thier members in danger.
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    Ebay has gotten so ridiculous that if you sell a holster OR any firearm accessory, you can't have a picture of it with the firearm in it. They get scared at just a picture of a firearm.

    You can't get much more anti-gun than that. It won't be long until they ban ALL firearm related items.
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    LOL... didn't even notice the title typo. Doooh! Joisting... that's funny. Ahem...

    Now... remember, I was not the seller. I was the buyer. But regardless of eBay policy, it did appear to me that he was trying to imply that their reason was the items "could be illegal" to sell.

    I have heard of holsters being kicked off because the picture used a real gun in the holster. I see many of the auctions putting disclaimers in them. Something like "EBAY DO NOT REMOVE THIS ITEM IS LEGAL TO SELL". Things like that. As if the seller has to point out to them what the rules are.

    And whats with this theory that "these can harm the eBay community"? Whats that nonsense all about. How is that?

    They definately should just go ahead and come out and say it. They are Anti-Gun ANYTHING. They just might as well admit it. Which is what I was trying to tell them.
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    Actually Ebay is all about the money & their bottom line.

    They DO have a legal staff that on site at Ebay.

    It is possible that they have just been doing a CYA & have misinterpreted CA law from the very beginning.

    For sure your E-mail will be forwarded to their legal team as per their policy.
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    Another reason I no longer deal with E-Bay. We used to have a store on it and got tired of them. Then they decided porn was OK, despite the fact that there are laws, just unenforced, against much of what was selling. No longer even look at it.
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    That is soo fricken hilarious. You cant sell gun parts, but it is perfectly ok to sell soemone a picture of a cell phone for 200 dollars, or a haunted doll for 400 and so on. Now if they were trying to sell you a picture of an ar stock for example for 100 bucks listing it as if it were real, and you got screwed i bet ebay wouldnt mind.

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