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Firearms, weapons, and knives policy

Most weapons can't be listed on eBay because of strict laws banning the sale of such weapons and/or weapon parts without an applicable valid licence and/or approval of the relevant authority. To safeguard the community, we may also ban other related items that are legal to sell outside of eBay.

Policy overview

Licences or permits may be required in order to import, export, tranship, bring in transit or deal in certain goods under the Arms and Explosives Act (Cap. 13), the Strategic Goods (Control) Act (Cap. 300), the Strategic Goods (Control) Order 2013, the Regulation of Imports and Exports Act (Cap. 272A) and/or such other applicable legislation. It is your responsibility to obtain the relevant licence and/or permit required to deal in such weapons and we shall not be liable, whether to you or otherwise, for your failure to obtain such licences and/or permits.

Listings of permitted weapons must comply with the above legislation. In addition, listings must follow our guidelines as well as meet the following requirements:

  • The seller is located in Singapore;
  • The buyer is located in Singapore;
  • The item is also in Singapore;
  • Both the seller and buyer are licensed to purchase and possess the permitted item (if necessary under local laws); and
  • The seller offers only domestic shipping for the item, since international shipping would make the item available in countries where it might be prohibited.

Activity on eBay is required to follow this policy, the eBay User Agreement and all applicable laws, as well as respect the rights of third parties. If it doesn’t, eBay may take action consistent with applicable laws and the eBay User Agreement, and may even be legally required to do so. Such actions may include, as an example only: Removing the listing or other content, issuing a warning, restricting activity or account suspension.

What are the guidelines?

Airsoft guns, replica or other imitation firearms

Not allowed

  • Airsoft guns
  • Gel ball blaster guns
  • Cap guns
  • Replica firearms
  • Replica blaster kits
  • Toy guns that can be mistaken as working firearms


Real ammunition and ammunition accessories cannot be listed.

Not allowed

  • Ammunition for firearms, including bullets, cartridges, casings, shells, and hulls
  • Fake ammunition
  • Gunpowder or detonator
  • Inert ammunition

Explosives, grenades and ordnance

We do not allow the listing of explosives, grenades and ordnance on eBay. For further details, please review the details below and our military items policy.

Before posting any military items on eBay, please check the list contained in Part 121 of the International Trade in Arms Regulations (ITAR) - opens in new window or tab to determine if the items are listed in Part 121. Items permitted by eBay but listed in Part 121 can only be published on eBay's US website (eBay.com) under certain conditions. Please refer to additional information for further details.

Not allowed

  • All firecrackers (small explosive devices primarily designed to produce a large amount of noise)
  • All forms of fireworks, including tube-sparklers and 'pop-pop'
  • Atom or nuclear weapons
  • Explosives
  • Grenades of any kind
  • Grenade launchers
  • Land mines
  • Missiles, rockets, or launchers
  • Nerve gas
  • Ordnance, military weaponry (such as grenades and landmines), ammunition and related parts, and most military vehicles including aircraft and ships, even if it has been made 'unserviceable' or has been 'de-militarised' or 'de-milled'
  • Articles or services specifically designed, developed, configured, adapted or modified for a military application
  • Night vision goggles, body armour, technical data manuals, gas masks and protective clothing which have significant military or intelligence applicability
  • Metal replica hand grenades
  • Flamethrowers


Firearms can't be listed on eBay due to strict laws banning the sale of these items. Listings for some firearm parts and accessories are allowed as long as sellers follow our guidelines.

Not allowed

  • Firearms of any type
  • Parts and accessories for assault weapons, including blueprints and instructions
  • Any part or accessory in violation of local law
  • Firearm receivers, even if incomplete
  • The following firearm accessories are not allowed:
    • Gun parts, including, but not limited to, barrels, firing pins, trigger assemblies, and magazines

Firearm parts and accessories

Certain firearm parts and accessories can be listed on eBay in accordance with the following regulations.

All items allowed in this section must clearly state the parts or accessories sold, and the type of firearms to which the parts or accessories are applicable ("Type" may refer to general purpose, not necessarily a designated brand or manufacturer. Example: "This part is suitable for manual bolt-on rifles"). Listings that do not provide this information may be removed.


  • Magazine holder, quick loading device, magazine bar or monthly clip


Firearm accessories that we allow, such as grips, holsters, and scopes, must follow these guidelines:

  • The listing must clearly identify the part or accessory being sold as well as the type of firearm it fits ("type" can mean general use and not necessarily brand or manufacturer). For example, "This part can be used with bolt-action rifles."
  • The listing cannot show a picture of an actual firearm

Not allowed

  • The following firearm accessories are not allowed:
    • Gun parts, including, but not limited to, barrels, firing pins, trigger assemblies, and magazines

Hand weapons

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.


  • For training or practice short sticks, truncheons, nunchakus or triangle sticks made of styrofoam, high-density styrofoam or plastic inner tube with styrofoam, you must list the materials in the publication. However, styrofoam filled or styrofoam weapons with metal inner tubes are prohibited items

Not allowed

The following or similar items are not allowed:

  • Hand weapons such as: Brass knuckles in any form, leaded canes, nightsticks, nunchakus, or sansetsukons,
  • Throwing weapons that have 3 or more points or sharp edges
  • Weapons such as: Blow or dart guns, flare guns, potato guns, tear gas, stun guns, or tasers


Only knives that follow our rules can be listed on eBay. No other knives are allowed.


  • All types of knives not in the list below or not otherwise prohibited by law are allowed. The listing must also follow our international trading policy. For example, the sale of knives on eBay.co.uk and eBay.ie is prohibited with limited exceptions

Not allowed

  • Automatic knives
  • Butterfly knives
  • Dual-action knives
  • Gravity knives
  • Star knives
  • Trench knives
  • Out-the-front knives
  • Paratrooper knives
  • Push knives
  • Switchblade knives
  • Sword canes
  • Spring-assisted knives
  • Hidden or disguised knives such as writing pen knives or belt buckle knives

BB guns, projectile gun, long gun type air gun or pistol type air gun

Not allowed

  • Air rifles, air guns or air pistols
  • Airsoft rifles or Airsoft guns
  • Any frame or receiver for a BB gun or air rifle
  • BB guns
  • Pellet guns

Additional information

Before posting any military items on eBay, check the information contained in Part 121 of the International Trade in Arms Regulations (ITAR) - opens in new window or tab. This law restricts the export and import of certain military items and information. In addition to other regulations and restrictions, for the items and information listed in Part 121, ITAR also requires sellers who intend to ship these items to outside the United States to obtain a special license from the U.S. Department of State - opens in new window or tab.

Since we cannot determine whether the seller has a license, the seller can only sell items to U.S. citizens currently living in the U.S. You must specify in your listing that only local delivery is allowed, and ensure that you and the buyer comply with all applicable laws and regulations, as well as eBay policies.

The items and information that are permitted by eBay but listed in Part 121 can only be published on eBay's US website (eBay.com) by sellers registered in the United States, and only for local delivery (within the United States). In any case, the items listed in Part 121 of ITAR cannot be published on other eBay websites.


Why does eBay have this policy?

For safety reasons and to comply with laws and regulations, we restrict the weapons and accessories that can be sold on eBay. Please ensure that you comply with all laws and regulations and comply with eBay policies before buying or selling these items.

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