Here is the responce that I got from ebay this morning.
Thank you for your recent email to Matt Halprin in regard to changes to
our Firearms, Weapons and Knives policy. He has asked that I review
email and respond on his behalf.
At eBay we take the safety of our community and our marketplace very
seriously. We have a Trust and Safety team which consists of more than
2,000 experts in online security and safety who are located around the
globe. This team is dedicated to ensuring that our marketplace is a
and trusted place for buyers and sellers to engage in trade.
We value an open and transparent marketplace; if items are legal to buy
and sell in an unrestricted manner we allow them on our site. However,
there are some items that while legal, may not be safe for our
marketplace. In these instances, our applicable policies go beyond the
law to ensure that our marketplace is safe.
Currently we do not allow actual firearms on the site. After careful
consideration our executives and our Trust and Safety team determined
that any item required to fire a gun has no place on eBay. All of our
policies are under constant review. As the Internet and the way our
communities use the Internet evolves, our policies and our marketplace
must evolve with it. We determined that this policy change was in the
best interest of promoting a safe marketplace for all members.
Office of the President
From: Sherman Seelinger
Sent: Wednesday, August 01, 2007 1:57 PM
To: Halprin, Matt
Subject: Firearms Parts
I just read about your new policy toward firearms related parts. It is a
shame that you guys are so intent to regulate legally own objects
through your website. With the many issues that I and many others have
had with your website in the last couple years you are really working
hard to push people away from using eBay. It is a shame and was a one
time such a great tool.
Firearms stand next in importance to the Constitution itself. They are the American people's liberty teeth and keystone under independence. The very atmosphere of firearms everywhere restrains evil interference. - George Washington
Peace is that brief glorious moment in history when everybody stands around reloading.' -Unknown