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Firearms, weapons, and knives policy

Policy overview

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. 

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.

Make sure your listing follows the guidelines below. If it doesn't, it may be removed, and you may be subject to a range of other actions, including limits of your buying and selling privileges and suspension of your account.

What are the guidelines?

Live ammunition and ammunition components can't be listed.



  • Empty cartridges with percussion caps attached, including blanks and dummies. A full cartridge packages the bullet, gunpowder and primer into a single metallic case precisely made to fit the firing chamber of a firearm, and the percussion cap is a small cylinder of copper or brass with one closed end. The listing needs to say that the item doesn't contain ammunition.

Not allowed

Not allowed

  • Blank, dummy, live or inert ammunition

  • Bullets, buck shot, or lead shot

  • Cartridges

  • Casings

  • Gunpowder

  • Hulls

  • Primer

  • Shells

  • Magazines

Not allowed

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

  • Paintball guns

  • Black powder guns

  • Muzzle-loader guns

Replica or imitation firearms cannot be listed.



  • Toy guns, including toy pistol, toy revolver, toy rifles or toy machine guns.

Not allowed

Not allowed

  • Cigarette lighters in the shape of pistols or revolvers

  • Any listing for a firearm accessory which contains a picture of the firearm itself

  • Cap guns

  • Replica firearms

  • Replica blaster kits

Check out the details below and see our military items policy for more information.

Not allowed

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

  • Missiles, rockets or launchers

Actual firearms can't be listed on eBay. Some accessories for firearms are okay to sell, but only under certain conditions. See the list below for more details.



  • Calibre conversion information or blueprints

  • Magazine holders



  • Accessories for guns such as butt plates, cleaning supplies, holsters, pistol grips, racks, scopes, slings, stocks, storage cases or trigger guards. The listing must include a description of the type of firearm the accessory or part is used for. If it doesn't, the listing may be removed

  • Bullet proof vests

  • Steel Helmets

Not allowed

Not allowed

  • Firearms regardless of their ability to fire, how old they are, or their status as collectables, curio & relic, signalling pistols, and antique firearms

  • Powerheads, stick guns, or their equivalents because they work like firearms

  • Starter pistols or blank guns, regardless of their markings

  • Pin fire guns

  • Zip guns

  • Any item that is designed to discharge any shot, bullet or other missile

  • Gun parts, including, but not limited to:

    • Barrels

    • Choke tubes

    • Cylinders

    • Firing pins

    • Frames, including grip frames

    • Magazines, regardless of capacity

    • Receivers, including parts, upper or lower, cut, or 80 per cent receivers

    • Slides

    • Trigger assemblies

  • Any listing for a firearm accessory which contains a picture of the firearm itself

  • Converters (items that can be used to give a firearm automatic firing capability)

  • Firearm kits that are used to create a firearm

  • Flash suppressors

  • Reloading presses and equipment

  • Sears

  • Silencers

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.



  • Instruction or training manuals on how to use hand weapons

  • Wii Nunchuk controllers for the Nintendo Wii

  • Axes



  • Sword, Spear and Spear heads

  • Daggers

  • Training or practice batons, night sticks, truncheons, chain whips or nunchakus

  • Tonfas that are produced and identified as a children's toy, made of rubber foam, dense foam, or foam with plastic interior tubes

Not allowed

Not allowed

  • Brass knuckles, including those made from other materials.

  • Concealed weapons, such as leaded canes, crutches, staffs, or sticks.

  • Throwing knife and Ninja stars

  • Kung fu sticks or "nunchaku" (also called nunchucks or numchuks)

  • Side-handled baton, extendable or telescopic baton

  • Knuckle-dusters

  • Sap or studded gloves, sand clubs, sandbags, slung shots, or blackjacks

  • Whips, including leather, rattan and rope whips

  • Whips entirely or partly comprised of any metal, or that consist of any number of knotted lashes (including whips known as "cat-o'-nine-tails")

  • Hunting slings

  • Any flail, mace or any article that consists of a club or staff fitted with a flanged or spiked head

  • Any device that administers an electric shock on contact, including stun guns or tasers

  • Slingshots and Catapults

  • Bayonets

Knives are generally permitted to be listed on eBay, subject to the exceptions outlined below.

Not allowed

Not allowed

  • Any push dagger or any other device that consists of a single-edged or multi-edged blade or spike that has a handle fitted transversely to the blade or spike and allows the blade or spike to be supported by the palm of the hand

  • Any trench knife or any other device that consists of a single-edged or multi-edged blade or spike that is fitted with a handle made of any hard substance that can be fitted over the knuckles of the hand of the user

  • Any flick knife (or other similar device) that has a blade which opens automatically by gravity or centrifugal force or by any pressure applied to a button, spring or device in or attached to the handle of the knife

  • A ballistic knife that propels a knife-like blade of any material by any means other than an explosive

  • A knife that has a blade cover which withdraws into its handle by gravity or centrifugal force or through pressure being applied to a button, spring or device attached to or forming part of the knife

  • A butterfly knife or "balisong" or any other device that consists of a single-edged or multi-edged blade or spike that fits within 2 handles attached to the blade or spike by transverse pivot pins and is capable of being opened by gravity or centrifugal force

  • A star knife or any other device that consists of a number of angular points, blades or spikes disposed outwardly about a central axis point and that are designed to spin around the central axis point in flight when thrown at a target

  • Any knife-like instrument with three sharp edges and a sharp pointed tip, sometimes known as a "bearing-scraper"

  • Belt buckle knives, lipstick case knives, air gauge knives, handwriting pen knives

  • A walking stick or cane that contains a sword or any other single-edged or multi-edged blade or spike

  • Any article or device that disguises and conceals within it, a single-edged or multi-edged blade or spike of any length or of any material



  • Sporting archery equipment such as bows and arrows



  • Spear guns with an overall length of more than 45 centimetres may be listed, provided the seller states the length of the item in the listing description, and provided the spear gun is designed to fire a spear at fish

Not allowed

Not allowed

  • Anti-personnel devices including any acoustic, spray or light-emitting device that is designed to cause incapacitation or disorientation, including tear gas,pepper spray, mace or Chlorobenzylidene Malononitrile spray

  • Blow guns and blowpipes, including darts used with these

  • Crossbows (a weapon consisting of a bow mounted on a stock that shoots projectiles)

  • Dart guns

  • Flares, flare guns, flare launchers or receivers for flare guns

  • Handcuffs other than antique handcuffs, or children's toy handcuffs

  • Paintball guns

  • Potato guns such as bazookas, cannons or launchers

  • Stun guns

For safety concerns and in order to follow laws and regulations, we restrict the kinds of weapons and accessories that can be sold on eBay. Be sure to follow all laws and regulations—as well as eBay policies—before buying or selling these items.

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