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Bad news for gun enthusiast who are Amazon shoppers, they recently announced that they’re banning the sale of lasers on their site.

That means weapons lasers like those from Crimson Trace or bore sighters might not be available anymore. Currently there’s still weapons lasers available but they may be removed next month.

EDIT: It appears Amazon has changed their terms and laser bore sighters and weapons lasers are NOT going to be banned afterall.

Osage County Guns posted the letter they got from Amazon on their site.

Amazon strives to provide the best possible experience for customers. As part of our ongoing efforts, we implemented listing restrictions for laser-pointer products listed by ASIN below.

As noted in previous email communications that you received, you can no longer list any of the below ASINs on Amazon.com, and your listings for these products have been removed. There is no adverse impact on your seller account for the removal, but we request that you refrain from relisting removed products.

We will not accept inbound shipments of the affected ASINs to FBA. If you still have remaining inventory of these ASINs already in Amazon fulfillment centers, you can take action on the remaining inventory until June 25, 2015.

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Please create a Removal Order for return or disposal of these units by June 25, 2015. Each Removal Order generates a “FBA Return Fee” or “FBA Disposal Fee” that appears in your Seller Central account. If you choose to dispose of this inventory, we will reimburse you the “FBA Disposal Fee” for the aforementioned FBA inventory if the Removal Order is created before June 25, 2015. After June 25, 2015, you will be charged standard disposal fees that will not be reimbursed.

Once you are reimbursed for the disposal fee, your reimbursement amount will appear in your Payments Report; to find this report, click the Reports tab in Seller Central, then Payments. The reimbursement amount will appear as “Other” in the Refunds section.

If you choose to have the inventory returned to you, you are responsible for paying the “FBA Return Fee” for Removal Orders created in this time frame. This will not be reimbursed.

If you do not submit a Removal Order for impacted inventory by June 25, 2015, we will dispose of this inventory in accordance with the Amazon Services Business Solutions Agreement.

3 COMMENTS

  1. Hmm…
    Apparently too many STUPID people are looking INTO the laser to make sure its working (when they turn it on?) Blind in one eye (perhaps both), they sue Amazon ….AND WIN ….large settlements(?)
    Okay people…To test your new “toy” point it at the wall, or someone’s butt(which ever comes first) If you see a bright neon type of red,green or whatever color dot….
    IT WORKS!!
    DO NOT look into the shooting end, think of it as a GUN……….THAT’S LOADED
    Any questions???

  2. We’ve posted some updates. I called Amazon (recorded call on our blog post) and they are saying that they are essentially arbitrarily taking down what they feel like taking down. In our case the one laser / light combo was flagged for removal but another (CPL-RM-R) has not yet been flagged.

    They seem to be going after most laser devices despite their terms saying that bore sighters and gun lasers are okay.

  3. I also received notification that my BSA Green Varmint Hunter laser was removed because it is not permitted. Really? Let’s examine the facts:
    Amazon allows non hand-held gun sight lasers. My laser is:

    Non hand-held? Check
    Under 5mW? Check
    Class 3R? Check
    Laser WARNING notice on product? Check

    Well it looks like I have a perfectly legal laser I *should* be able to sell as per their OWN TERMS but they won’t give me a response why it’s not allowed, but instead they send me a message saying the onus is on me to prove to THEM that it is registered and legal! The laser complies with the Laser notice 50, June 24, 2007 and is perfectly legal in every way to own. The laser itself carries the standard laser light warning as well as the packaging.

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