Policies on content featuring firearms


 

Content intended to sell firearms; instruct viewers on how to make firearms, ammunition, and certain accessories; or instruct viewers on how to install those accessories is not allowed on YouTube. YouTube shouldn't be used as a platform to sell firearms or accessories noted below.

What this means for you

If you're posting content

Don’t post content on YouTube if the purpose is to do one or more of the following:

  • Sell firearms or certain firearms accessories through direct sales (e.g. private sales by individuals) or links to sites that sell these items. These accessories may include:
    • Accessories that enable a firearm to simulate automatic fire,
    • Accessories that convert a firearm to automatic fire, such as: bump stocks, gatling triggers, drop-in auto sears, or conversion kits,
    • High capacity magazines or belts carrying more than 30 rounds.
  • Provide instructions on manufacturing any of the following:
    • Firearms,
    • Ammunition,
    • High capacity magazines,
    • Homemade silencers/suppressors,
    • Accessories that enable a firearm to simulate automatic fire,
    • Accessories that convert a firearm to automatic fire, such as: bump stocks, gatling triggers, drop-in auto sears, or conversion kits
  • Provide instructions on how to convert a firearm to automatic or simulated automatic firing capabilities.
  • Provides instructions on how to install the above-mentioned accessories or modifications.

Please note this is not a complete list.

Examples

Here are some examples of content that isn’t allowed on YouTube.

  • Links in the title or description of your video to sites where firearms or the accessories noted above are sold. You can link to sites that discuss or review these items as long as those sites don’t sell those items directly.
  • Displaying a firearm with the intention to sell that firearm via private sale. This includes giving the seller’s phone number, email address, or other contact information.
  • Showing users step-by-step instructions on how to finish a lower receiver in order to complete fabrication of a firearm.
  • Showing users how to make a silencer out of flashlight, oil can, solvent catcher or other parts.
  • Showing users how to install a bump stock, or install a comparable accessory built to enable simulated automatic fire.

Please remember these are just some examples, and don't post content if you think it might violate this policy.

What happens when content violates this policy

If your content violates this policy, we’ll remove the content and send you an email to let you know. If this is the first time you’ve posted content that violates our Community Guidelines, you’ll get a warning with no penalty to your channel. If it’s not, we’ll issue a strike against your channel. Your channel will be terminated if you receive 3 strikes. You can learn more about our strikes system here.

 

If you find content that violates this policy, please report it. Instructions for reporting violations of our Community Guidelines are available here. If you find many videos, comments, or a creator's entire channel that you wish to report, visit our reporting tool.

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