Payment platform rules on firearms
All payment platforms prohibit firearms and ammunition, and many also prohibit parts and accessories.
When a payment platform believes you may have engaged in a prohibited transaction, it will:
- Permanently ban you from the platform.
- Possibly permanently ban your immediate family members.
- Seize all your funds for at least 180 days, possibly permanently.
- Possibly withdraw damages directly from your bank account (notably PayPal).
- Refuse to accept any buyer protection claim.
"Merchant may never use the Adyen services in relation to ...
Trade of weapons, ammunitions, military arms, explosive devices and firearm parts"
Adyen Restricted & Prohibited List as of 2022-05-25
"Prohibited Items and Activities [include] ammunition, guns, rifles, shotguns, pistols, other firearms"
Amazon Acceptable Use Policy as of 2022-05-25
"You may not incorporate Apple Pay into a website that ...
Offers transactions involving ...
firearms, weapons, or ammunition"
Acceptable Use Guidelines for Apple Pay on the Web as of 2022-05-25
"You may not use the Payment Services in connection with ... weapons and munitions"
Braintree Acceptable Use Policy as of 2022-05-25
Cash App (formerly Square Cash)
Cash App is powered by Square
and subject to the Square Terms of Service.
See Square below.
"By opening a Coinbase Account, you confirm that you will not use Coinbase Services in connection with ...
weapons and munitions"
Coinbase Prohibited Use Policy as of 2022-05-25
"Users shall not utilize the Site or the Services in connection with any Transaction that ... involves any munitions or firearm"
Note: Not technically a payment platform.
Facebook Commerce (Marketplace and Instagram Shopping):
"Listings may not promote the buying or selling of weapons, ammunition, and explosives."
Facebook Commerce Policies as of 2022-05-25
Facebook Payments (Messenger/P2P):
"payments relating to the following activities are prohibited regardless of whether the activity is illegal in your location: (a) weapons, ammunitions, or explosives"
"FreshBooks Payments is powered by WePay" and subject to the same Terms of Service. See WePay section below.
"Unacceptable product categories [include] Firearms, ammunition, and other items including ... ammunition magazines"
Google Payments center content policies as of 2022-05-25
"Providing any of the products or services listed below will result in immediate termination of your Account...
Online, mail order or telephone order guns and firearms sales (excluding accessories)"
Helcim Acceptable Use Policy as of 2022-05-25
"If you fall into one of the following categories and/or accept payment for the following prohibited activities,
you are ineligible (or may become ineligible) to use our Services
... Guns and Firearms manufacturing ... Hazardous Materials [like] gunpowder ... Regulated Businesses [like] firearms and weapons sales"
Intuit Payments Acceptable Use Policy as of 2022-09-28
"Prohibited products or services ...
weapons and munitions; gunpowder and other explosives; arms dealers."
OFX Acceptable Use Policy as of 2022-09-25
"You may not use the PayPal service for activities that ...
relate to transactions involving ... ammunition, firearms, or certain firearm parts or accessories"
"Violation of this Acceptable Use Policy ... may subject you to damages, including liquidated damages of $2,500.00 U.S. dollars per violation".
PayPal Acceptable Use Policy as of 2022-10-12
"You may not use the PayStand Services in any way that ...
relates to sales of ... ammunition, firearms or certain parts of accessories"
PayStand Acceptable Use Policy as of 2022-05-25
"It is strictly forbidden to send or receive payments as consideration for the sale or supply of ...
weapons (including without limitation, knives, guns, firearms or ammunition)"
"You may not ... use the Services for the sale of firearms, firearm parts, ammunition, weapons or other devices
designed to cause physical harm"
Square General Terms of Service as of 2022-05-25
"You must not use Stripe's services for the following activities...
Guns, gunpowders, ammunitions, weapons, fireworks and other explosives"
Stripe Prohibited Businesses list as of 2022-05-25
"You may not use Venmo to conduct transactions that ...
involve ammunition, firearms, firearm parts or accessories and any weapons or knives regulated under applicable law"
Venmo Helpful Information as of 2022-05-25
"By registering as a Merchant,
you also confirm that you are not one of the persons listed below
and you will not accept payments or use the Service in connection with the activities, items or services set forth below...
• Manufacturers of modern sporting rifles (assault-style weapons) with civilian end users
• Firearms merchants that do not possess a Federal Firearms License (FFL)
• Firearms merchants with > 50% of sales derived from modern sporting rifles
• Firearms merchants selling 80% complete lower receivers"
WePay Terms of Service as of 2022-09-28
Wise (formerly TransferWise)
"Other restricted activities ... Weaponry, military and semi-military goods and services."
Wise Acceptable Use Policy as of 2022-09-25
"You agree that you will not use the Service to request, send or receive money related to ... Firearms, ammunition or other weapons"
Zelle Network User Service Agreement as of 2022-05-25
Check out the firearm policies of other organizations:
- Crowdfunding platforms like GoFundMe and IndieGoGo
- Enterprise software companies like SalesForce and Shopify
- Social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram
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