You may recall the kerfuffle when TTAG reported that Google’s shopping section removed firearms and firearms-related products. [NB: After consulting with our far-flung Armed Intelligentsia, I reckon Google’s ban is regional. Red state, blue state?] Just a quick heads-up: same deal at Bing, only worse. Microsoft’s minions don’t allow any firearms or firearms-related advertising of any sort anywhere on their system. Here’s the skinny from disallowed content guidelines.
Weapons, knives, firearms, and ammunition
Advertising is not allowed that promotes firearms or weapons of any kind. Such content includes . . .
Knives as weapons
- Knives that are positioned as weapons or whose primary use is violence, including switchblade knives, disguised knives, buckle knives, lipstick case knives, air gauge knives, knuckle knives, and writing pen knives.
Firearms, ammunition, and integral parts
- Guns capable of firing a projectile by using an explosive charge; for example, rifles, shotguns, handguns, semi-automatic or automatic guns, potentially functional replicas or antiques, and blank guns.
- Ammunition; for example, bullets and cartridges.
- Integral parts, including magazines, stocks, trigger assemblies, hammers, pulls, firing pins, barrels, silencers, and converters.
Militia ordnance and grenades
- Ordnance (military weaponry, ammunition, and related parts), even if the item is unserviceable or has been “demilitarized.”
- Grenades, including metal military practice grenades, rifle grenades, dummy grenades, grenade launcher attachments, and mines.
- Brass, plastic, or metal knuckles.
- Leaded canes, staffs, crutches, or sticks.
- Zip guns, sand clubs, saps, or blackjacks.