First, some notes regarding selling lethal or non-lethal weapons online:

  • If you are thinking of selling any weapons online, even pepper spray, stun guns, or “weapon like” items, you really need to consult an attorney and get qualified, legal advice FIRST. There are many many rules and regulations, and they vary from state to state and town to town. We are not attorneys; we provide e-commerce solutions and recommendations on payment gateways, merchant services, software, cash-flow ideas, and chargeback reduction.
  • If you are thinking about expanding your selection from non-lethal weapons to firearms and FFL to FFL deliveries, please check out this article, it can help you get started in that direction. You can also contact us with any questions you may have about our services or getting started, or you can learn more about FFL firearms e-commerce here.

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Not ready yet? Here’s how to get started selling lethal or non-lethal weapons online

Personal defense has been a growing industry for years, and we are not just talking about guns and knives, but also non-lethal defensive tools like pepper spray, stun guns and tasers. Unfortunately, you can’t just start up a website to sell these products just like that, but you can start relatively simply with a few tips, the right payment acceptance vendors, and some legal advice from an attorney who specializes in your industry. First, of course, you do need a website so choosing the right software suite or website platform is important. You can find a great list of software spotlights on our blog, or contact us for recommendations. For merchants who are new to e-commerce, and not technically savvy we recommend a template based web program, not a custom solution. We also suggest you not only get legal advice that may determine not only what you sell, but where you ship it. Additionally, we strongly advise you to look into the shipping rules themselves and how they vary from carrier to carrier, in detail, and discuss them with a qualified attorney. Some items are a violation of law to ship via air; many items cannot be shipped US mail without violating federal regulations. Here is a USPS link with more detail.

Setup a payment gateway for self-defense products

After you have taken care of choosing and setting up your overall website, it’s time to get yourself processing “high-risk” payments. All weapons products fall into the category of high-risk, or “commonly prohibited goods and services” which means many mainstream banks, processors, or payment processing institutions are less than keen on processing your transactions. Signing up with a “high-risk” payment gateway allows you to process your credit card transactions securely, giving each party peace of mind as long as it pairs with an appropriate high-risk credit card processor on the back end. Fortunately, we can assist you in setting up your payment gateway, and recommend a weapons-friendly credit card processor to deposit the proceeds from your online sales into your existing business checking account. If you have already chosen a software suite or e-commerce shopping cart, then we should easily be able to guide you through the process of setting up your very own payment gateway and recommend a high-risk friendly merchant account to go with it. We will also ensure that you are helped, step by step, with one on one support when it’s time to integrate your payment gateway and merchant account with your shopping cart. Once you have both your site and your payment gateway setup you will need products to sell. It shouldn’t be hard to find distributors and wholesalers to stock up from, and fortunately, many vendors are a wealth of information. Remember, it is in your suppliers best interest for you to succeed, many are willing to help if you ask them.

P.S. We're happy to help even if you just have a quick question - even if you are "not ready yet" and just want a little free advice. We regularly earn clients' business years after we first speak.