Google and Firearms, Ammunition and Accessories

Apparently the “suits” (OK, so they dress casually…) at Google have decided “weapons” is the same as firearms and ammunition. It’s not. I shoot holes in paper and feed my family with firearms and ammunition. I don’t have any weapons…“1. An instrument of offensive of defensive combat; something to fight with; anything used, or designed to be used, in destroying, defeating, or injuring an enemy, as a gun, a sword, etc.
[1913 Webster]”

“We do not allow the promotion or sale of weapons and any related products such as ammunitions or accessory kits on Google Shopping. In order to comply with our new policies, please remove any weapon-related products from your data feed and then re-submit your feed in the Merchant Center. For more information on this policy please visit http://www.google.com/appserve/mkt/GbBNIGHOribLzf.”

Apparently, it’s a USA-thing:

There’s certainly no problem finding stuff in Canada, even products of USA… Hmmm… Maybe some policies are not global but political and local.
” AdWords doesn’t allow the promotion of weapons or devices designed to cause serious harm or injury. The promotion of weapons includes guns, gun parts or hardware, ammunition, bombs, knives, throwing stars, and brass knuckles.
We’ve created this policy to comply with legal regulations.
How does this policy differ from country to country?
In addition to the requirements above, some countries have further restrictions. Please see the additional country-specific requirements below.
United Kingdom
United States”

I guess the “problem” is lawyers wearing suits…

see Google Censors Guns, Ammo and Accessories – Guns & Ammo.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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