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July 05, 2012
New Google Shopping Platform Bans Gun Sales - 6

Google's decision to make its new Google Shopping platform a "no-gun zone" has merchants, advertisers, shoppers and Second Amendment advocates contemplating a switch to using Bing.com as their primary search engine.

"The company’s new, anti-gun policy has rightly caused firearms owners to reconsider having Google be their search engine of choice," writes Larry Keane of the National Shooting Sports Foundation in a July 3 Ammoland.com blog. "According to reports, the search engine Bing.com, for example, currently does not block firearms from appearing in shopping results."

Google announced its new AdWords policies on May 31, when it transformed its product search, which had consisted of free listings, into "Google Shopping," which has paid listings that must comply with new advertising policies.

"We do not allow the promotion or sale of weapons and any related products such as ammunitions or accessory kits on Google Shopping," Google's new policy states. "In order to comply with our new policies, please remove any weapon-related products from your data feed."

The ban includes “guns, gun parts or hardware, ammunition, bombs, knives, throwing stars, and brass knuckles.”

The NSSF's Keane said the group is appealing to Google in an effort "to reconsider this discriminatory policy that is hostile to the Second Amendment," especially since it is unnecessary.

"We also plan to remind the company and emphasize that firearms cannot be purchased online and be transferred directly to the purchaser," Keane writes. "A firearm that is purchased online must be physically sent from one federal firearms licensee to another, with the latter conducting the mandatory FBI background check on the purchaser (represented in person) and then transferring the firearm only after the purchaser has passed background check."

Outdoor Hub blogger Edward Pierz said Google's "new policy will only effectively disable many law abiding citizens from acquiring legal weapons for legitimate purposes at reasonable prices, and hurt many many small business's income."

Pierz is circulating a petition -- 'Tell Google not to interfere with our Second Amendment rights' -- that he hopes Second Amendment advocates will sign and present to the company.

For more, go to:

NSSF on Google’s Growing Anti-Gun Policies

Google Censors Firearms Products in Shopping Search Results

Petition to Google

Google in crosshairs over gun ban *update!

Gun groups up in arms about Google’s new anti-firearms policy

Merchants Up in Arms over Google Shopping's Weapon Ban

Google causes controversy as it removes guns from Google Shopping, but it’s not a conspiracy

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from charlie elk wrote 2 years 2 weeks ago

JM, I clicked on the last story link in John's post, second paragraph says they don't accept gun or ammo ads. Beyond this I claim no expertise in what is an ad,a shopping platform, a sponsored listing or result.
Now if you would like to know how to kill a deer or turkey....;-)
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charlie

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from JM wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

Yahoo/Bing has 'sponsored results' that promote gun sales (and google used to)...not sure if that qualifies as an ad though.

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from charlie elk wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

So which one does Randall?

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from spencer60 wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

I'm not sure what the BING terms are, but I'm guessing they will be better since they are fighting for market share.

I was almost 100% on Google's environment (Android, Chrome, etc), and even owned some Google stock. Needless to say, that's gone now.

If this doesn't change by Labor Day, I'll be looking into the Microsoft world instead when Windows Phone 8 comes out...

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from Randall Blank wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

That's not completely accurate, Charlie.

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from charlie elk wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

This is an unfortunate situation, but no search engine allows ads for any weapons including Bing.
later,
charlie

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from charlie elk wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

This is an unfortunate situation, but no search engine allows ads for any weapons including Bing.
later,
charlie

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from charlie elk wrote 2 years 2 weeks ago

JM, I clicked on the last story link in John's post, second paragraph says they don't accept gun or ammo ads. Beyond this I claim no expertise in what is an ad,a shopping platform, a sponsored listing or result.
Now if you would like to know how to kill a deer or turkey....;-)
later,
charlie

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from Randall Blank wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

That's not completely accurate, Charlie.

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from spencer60 wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

I'm not sure what the BING terms are, but I'm guessing they will be better since they are fighting for market share.

I was almost 100% on Google's environment (Android, Chrome, etc), and even owned some Google stock. Needless to say, that's gone now.

If this doesn't change by Labor Day, I'll be looking into the Microsoft world instead when Windows Phone 8 comes out...

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from charlie elk wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

So which one does Randall?

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from JM wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

Yahoo/Bing has 'sponsored results' that promote gun sales (and google used to)...not sure if that qualifies as an ad though.

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