The Right To Bear
July 3, 2014
For gun buyers who wish to purchase firearms online, Gunbroker.com has been one of the most popular destinations. The site has provided millions of Internet users with access to all makes and models of guns, and has been doing so for years.
However, they’re now banning any user who visits their site using private servers or proxies in an attempt to protect his or her privacy.
This is problematic because many gun buyers now use private servers and proxies to avoid the prying eyes of the U.S. government. Individuals who value privacy simply don’t want government agencies snooping in their personal affairs, so they use services like Tor (a browser that helps to throw off tracking devices and leaves a user’s browsing history private) to surf the Internet without fear.
What’s more, many law-abiding citizens use VPNs and private browsers to circumvent restrictions on their Internet browsing. Many schools and hotels restrict access to gun websites. And U.S. troops working abroad are often prevented from accessing firearms websites by local server restrictions. Their only other option is to use a proxy server or VPN.
Will GunBroker.com make any exceptions? Probably not.
An individual reported to The Firearm Blog that he had recently been told by GunBroker.com that if he continued to access their site using a VPN (Virtual Private Network), his account would be terminated.
When he asked if they would consider his case as a special circumstance, they replied:
Due to the enormous amount of fraud originating from them, GunBroker.com does not permit access to our system from anonymous proxy servers or any service that disguises your location. If such access is detected again your account may be closed without additional warning.
Many identity theft experts recommend using proxies and VPNs to maintain anonymity and have a better, safer experience when both shopping and browsing online. But this is no longer an option on GunBroker.com.
This article was posted: Thursday, July 3, 2014 at 11:03 am