Can you sell firearms on Shopify?
The answer is yes – you can sell guns on Shopify. That said, Shopify’s policy makes a distinction as to what type of firearms you’re allowed to sell using their services and additionally, how you get paid.
You can generally sell hunting rifles, simple wheel guns and most pistols using Shopify if you set up 2A friendly credit card payments correctly, but there is a lot you cannot sell, regardless of how you accept credit cards.
What guns are prohibited by the Shopify platform itself?
As mentioned earlier, selling guns is generally allowed on Shopify. Only specific firearms have now been moved to their “restricted items” list, and are now in violation of their policy.
While we recommend that you read Shopify’s Acceptable Use Policy for yourself, we’ll give you a brief overview of unacceptable firearms.
Shopify’s “Acceptable Use Policy” and firearms: explained
Even if your website uses a 3rd party, FFL friendly, payment gateway you cannot sell the following items on Shopify. Period.
- Any functioning automatic weapon, regardless of FFL license
- Semi-automatics with any of the following:
Magazine capable of accepting more than 10 rounds
Bump stock or any rapid fire mods
Any threaded barrel capable of accepting a suppressor or the suppressor itself
Grenade or rocket launchers of any type
A long gun with a pistol grip or in the case of a pistol, a second or forward one
- Ghost guns, or guns without serial numbers
- Any semi-auto firearm that has a fixed mag capacity of more than 10 rounds
- 3D printed guns or blueprints
- 80% or unfinished lower receivers
- Magazines of more than 10 rounds
- Any part, component or kit for any firearm listed above
Regardless of whether you’re using, or about to use, Shopify or another e-commerce platform, you can always get in touch with us for online FFL payment gateway advice. We can assist you in finding the right high-risk payment gateway for your FFL site.
Shopify Payments and Shopify – there’s a difference
Shopify is a fantastic e-commerce platform, and we often recommend Shopify to our various high-risk clients. However, something many people miss is that regardless of what type of firearms you’re selling, you cannot use Shopify Payments. Shopify Payments operates with its own terms and conditions and is, in effect, Shopify’s payment gateway.
As a high-risk merchant, you should probably just stay clear of Shopify’s standard, out-of-the-box, credit card processor. Don’t get us wrong, Shopify Payments is an excellent payment processor. However, it’s not well suited for firearms e-commerce. If you’re just starting out selling FFL products you should look for alternatives to Shopify Payments.
Many high-risk resellers and FFL dealers have experienced being declined or shut-down by Shopify payments. If you’re among them, there’s plenty of alternatives. We’ll cover these in greater detail later. We also have a resource for why you were declined by Shopify and what to do. All this being said, the fact that Shopify revised their Acceptable Use Policy a couple of weeks ago deserves our attention.
What to do if Shopify’s revised policy is restricting or banning your online store
As we’ve mentioned above, being banished from Shopify is not the end of the world. There are plenty of alternatives available. There are other platforms we’re happy to recommend to you that are 2A-friendly. The list we’ve created below will give you an excellent starting point.
WooCommerce and FFL to FFL sales
WooCommerce is an excellent alternative that’s compatible with WordPress. In fact, the WordPress/WooCommerce combination for FFL dealers is a favorite among our clients. There are multiple reasons why this combination resonates so well with high-risk merchants.
For one, WordPress is a beautifully intuitive CMS (content management system) and they currently power upwards of 27% of the internet.
BigCommerce and e-commerce firearms shops, a great Shopify alternative
BigCommerce works very well for high-risk merchants and would be our #1 recommendation for site owners looking for a Shopify alternative for firearms sales. It also offers a great deal of compatibility and it’s a big name among e-commerce platforms for good reason. It contains all that you’d expect from one of the most familiar names in the e-commerce platform industry.
BC offers great customization and design freedom with robust functionality. There’s also a vast library for third-party apps and plug-ins. However, it should be mentioned that if you’re using BigCommerce for your FFL sales, you need to have a suitable high-risk merchant account. No need to panic though, we’re more than happy to provide our insight and get you up and running with a stable, 2A friendly payment gateway.
AmeriCommmerce platform overview
AmeriCommerce is a platform we haven’t covered as much yet at Tasker Payment Gateways LLC. AmeriCommerce is touted as a highly flexible e-commerce facilitator that works by streamlining your products with an absolutely massive network of publishers. This includes heavy hitters like FaceBook, Amazon, eBay, WordPress, and a whole host of potential blogs.
They also boast 50+ payment gateways already integrated with their e-commerce solution. Should you need assistance finding the one that best suit your needs, please contact us. We’re always happy to lend a hand!
However, we want to emphasize that if you’re going to promote your products broadly through ads, social media or otherwise, you really should consult an attorney qualified in your field.
When it comes to FFL sales, there are multiple conditions that apply to how and where you promote your products. You’ll need to keep local, state, and federal laws in mind.
Get help selling firearms and FFL accessories online today
Regardless of what platform you choose for selling your firearms and accessories, you’ll need a high-risk merchant account and a payment gateway. We specialize in recommending the optimal merchant account/payment gateway combo you’ll need to sell your FFL products.
At Tasker Payment Gateways, we’re always more than happy to offer one-on-one support. We’ll take you through your shopping cart, merchant account, and payment gateway options, and together we’ll find the best solution for you.
Contact us now, and we can start helping you accept credit cards for your FFL products today!