More Powerful Corporations Crowding Out Firearms: Google to Ban Ads for Gun Accessories

By Rachel Alexander Published on June 13, 2018

Google is revising its ads policy to prohibit the sale of gun accessories. The company already bans the sale of guns. The new policy goes into effect later this month. It bans “ads for parts which enhance the function of a gun will no longer be allowed.” The list includes:

  • Stocks
  • Conversion kits
  • Scopes and sights
  • Tripods and bipods
  • Gun-grips

The ban also includes gun-making instructions, software or equipment for 3D printing of guns or gun-parts. Google Adwords allow sellers to place ads at the top of search results based on the words users type in the search.

Google’s action comes as several large corporations are cracking down on anything related to guns.

This comes as several large corporations are cracking down on anything related to guns. Intuit recently halted gun-related sales through its credit card processing service. This affected the sale of T-shirts, coffee mugs and gun safety classes. The businesses affected had to scramble to get valid payments from customers.

YouTube, Facebook, Microsoft

YouTube now bans many gun videos. The site — owned by Google — prohibits instructions on building a gun, accessory, or modifying a gun. Gun videos can’t have links to sites that sell guns or gun accessories.

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Facebook bans gun ads and sales. Microsoft’s search engine Bing will start banning recreational firearms ads beginning July 1. Bing already bans regular firearm sales. Now it will ban non-lethal firearms like BB guns, paintball guns and air rifles. Bing will also prohibit ads for accessories that can be attached to recreational guns. Ads related to reloading ammo will be banned.

The bans make it harder for Americans to buy guns, since those large corporations control much of the available online advertising space. Second Amendment Foundation executive director Alan Gottlieb expressed his concerns to Breitbart. “The Google war on guns is a direct attack on gun ownership. Maybe it is time to regulate the internet giants like Google, Facebook, and YouTube and not gun ownership.”

 

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  • jgmusgrove

    How long before they ban references to the Second Constitutional Amendment?

  • Sunshine rays

    Hmmmmm Its almost like google has a momopoly over the internet or something?

  • Jed

    1) There are ways to get around the google algorithm. Experiment.
    2) Use an alternate search engine like Start no space Page dotcom.

    Better question: How long has it been since the “right that shall not be infringed” was first infringed upon? We are further down that road than most think ….

  • Linda Choquette

    Private business should be free not to sell or support anything they do not wish to sell or support. Just ask Masterpiece Cake Shop.

    • Cana Brava

      These monopolies should no longer be considered “private businesses” as they now control a large part of the world’s economy. They are hurting legitimate businesses for political reasons.

  • Ryan

    All these internet monopolists don’t have a clue that those who live outside the law are going to have guns regardless what the internet monopolists think, say or do.
    These internet monopolists are hurting innocent people and are helping the outlaws accomplish their desire to have an unarmed people to have their way with.
    The outlaws also outnumber the police, it is those who carry concealed who back the police and their very presence is a deterrent to more crime.
    The biggest problem these monopolists have is they can’t see what is really going on because their own armed body guards keep them from seeing beyond themselves.
    If they could see, they might see that it is those on the left committing 98.6% of the shootings, especially the school shootings.
    Willful blindness must be bliss, or they wouldn’t have it.

  • Perrier

    duckduckgo for the win.

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