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Google has decided to block all gun, ammunition and knife advertisements from their shopping channel. These changes are effective July 1, but have been going into practice, much earlier. A search on the shopping channel for the keyword, "firearms", yields no results as of today.

Searches for ammunition or knives and a sampling of manufacturers' names, likewise yielded no returns. However some products have slipped by the filter and are still in the channel's inventory. It is only a matter of time before Google pits its deft army of offshore programmers against them, so this Examiner will not reveal any names.

View slideshow: Google Shopping bans firearms, knives and ammunition from site listings

Searches for firearms, knives and ammunition are still permitted on Google web search, but the advantage of the shopping channel allowed prospective buyers to compare prices on screen immediately. It is expected that rival search engines such as Bing and Yahoo will follow suit with their shopping channels.

According to an earlier press release by Google, this is an effort to curb illegal sales where such items are prohibited and is done in the interest of consumer safety.

According to Google Shopping's conditions, the following products are not allowed:
•Vehicles
•Guns, ammunition and knives
•Tobacco and cigarettes
•Traffic devices
•Products related to casino and gambling
•Products or digital goods that require additional software installation in order to be purchased.
•Products bundled with service plans.

Hunters, fishermen and law-abiding gun owners are no strangers to being treated like second-class citizens by politically correct businesses run amok. Earlier this year, Fox Sports called for the UFC to ban such advertisements from its fights, despite the fact that numerous fighters relied on such corporate sponsorship to remain competitive.

Google claims to be open-minded and a protector of "freedom of speech". However their idea of that concept does not extend to firearms.

An alternative to Google Shopping?
Consumers looking for an ideal comparison shopping engine might want to take a look at a site called Gunspec.com. The company provides the first and only comparison shopping engine developed with shooters in mind. It is a free service to use and merchants can list their inventory for a nominal fee.

In light of Google's decision, Dennis Bella (president of Gunspec.com) posted the following on the website's blog this afternoon:

With Google longer representing firearms or related material within their shopping engine, we at GunSpec are ready to take their place.

For the online world, retailers in our industry don't have the same access to innovative shopping applications available as for example, retailers in the appliance industry. I can easily shop for microwaves based on their size, wattage, weight, etc. Their are sites for this as well as a variety of web applications. It allows every customer to efficiently search for goods that are suitable down to the level of features available on that product. If I just want to know what is available by retailers in the 1200 Watt microwave range, I can certainly find it.

Every day, new applications are being built for the web, iPad, and mobile phones. It is a breath of fresh air when you see something tailored to the gun industry vertical.

GunSpec provides the same shopping format. However, we're just focused on the Firearms, Hunting, & Shooting Sports industries. Imagine searching multiple retailers at once for a 1911 barrel, but besides sorting by price, you can sort by barrel length? Perhaps you needed to see all of the available retailers offering a Pink Kel-Tec .380? How about finding all scopes offered by retailers with a 3-9x power reticle?

Using either our keyword search bar or "Search by Specification" menus on the left side of our shopping pages, you can do this methodically on GunSpec.

As a gun owner, I want to explore every corner of what's available by not just price, but also by features. I think it's fair to say as gun owners we take the prize in being well informed, yet picky shoppers. The features have just as much impact in your purchase decision as the caliber of gun itself. As a retailer, I want my products to do as much work as possible finding those that are looking for what I have to offer. GunSpec allows retailers both large and small to let your individual product features help drive traffic and promote your store's brand. It also provides an outlet for smaller retailers to promote new to market products and not have to spend their days fighting for page ranking.

As owner, we will do everything possible to accommodate retailers coming from the recent ban on firearms and related accessories at Google's shopping engine. We are in the process of offering multiple service levels to accommodate displaced retailers online.

As we add more products, build our categories and provide a better experience for both retailers and users, we hope you'll enjoy the ride as much as we do.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Dennis Bella, President

http://www.examiner.com/article/goo...arms-knives-and-ammunition-from-site-listings
 

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I wonder which presidential candidate Bella boy is backing this fall...:mischeif::biggrin:
 

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I was under the impression one of the top guys at google was from Russia, probably a communist. Remind you of anyone in our government?
 

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For consumer safety? This guy must be related to Eric " I didn't know a thing about it" Holder.

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Well firearms sales are still up on google at this time - dang :whistle::mischeif:
 
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