As the fiat pushing media loves to boast about the dark web being a nefarious underground for the transactions of illegal firearms they will soon be unable to include the Agora Marketplace in their demonizing of the popular open markets. Admin of the Agora Marketplace has recently announced they will be dropping firearms from their website, forcing users with their list of weapons to other corners of the dark web. Another marketplace, for example, has over 100 listings of guns and explosives. Of course, these sites could very well be scams, unlike the Agora Marketplace who has a reputation for providing secure and safe transactions via their self-hosted escrow system.
Recently there has been a drastic increase in the number of undercover operations by LEA surrounding the sale of firearms. This includes a 6-month task force investigation that included agencies from the United States and Australia, which lead to the arrest of a popular Agora Gun Vendor, as well as dozens of buyers and other vendors across the internet. Needless to say, the FBI is remaining silent on Agora’s recent decision. The UK’s NCA stated “Those seeking to provide or obtain illicit goods and services under cover of the dark web continue to discover that they can, in fact, be tracked and identified, and also that they are highly susceptible to being ripped off”
These days it’s common knowledge that the Dark Web is notorious for making it possible to purchase nearly anything. With one of Agora Marketplace’s most popular categories disappearing from the storefront, this no longer applies to their market. Agora is now, by far, the raining king of the dark web marketplace, holding the most transactions, vendors, and users of any dark web marketplace in history, and most likely will remain so even without the firearm listings. But don’t hold your breath if you are expecting the fiat promoting media to mention this or back down screaming about Agora’s dangers and evil doing.
Just weeks ago a US resident who was only in his early 20’s was recently apprehended for arms dealing after forgetting to clean the firearm of his fingerprints prior to shipping the order. It is very possible Agora is removing these listings to further protect their vendors and shoppers from apprehension, as well as cleaning up their reputation. The Agora admins announced “Following our mission we wish such objects would be available for purchase, but the current reality of it is that the format of a market like our does not constitute a good way to do it,” the announcement claimed. “Shipping weapons is hard, they are expensive”.
“Law enforcement bodies around the world, including the NCA, continue working to prevent and disrupt serious cyber-enabled criminality” The admin made in his statement, making note that customers engaging in firearm transactions are often victims of scammers and vendors involved vanish with the customer’s bitcoin without bothering to deliver the weapons. Though this issue is more tied to buyers making the conscious decision to FE or releasing funds prior to receiving the product, something the Agora Marketplace warns against doing.
Regardless of the reasoning behind this change of heart, Agora Marketplace plans on sticking to their decision which will be immediately implemented as of July 15th, 2015.