Biden admin banning importation of Russian guns, ammo for at least a year

Biden admin banning importation of Russian guns, ammo for at least a year

Russian Silver Bear and Wolf 7.62×39 ammunition. (W3bj3d1/Wikimedia Commons) The U.S. State Department announced on Friday it will restrict the importation of certain Russian firearms and ammunition as shortages continue impacting Americans nationwide . The sanctions are expected to take effect on September 7, according to a State Department press release. The department said the sanctions on Russian firearms and ammunition is due to the Russian Federation’s “use of a ‘Novichok’ nerve agent in the August 2020 poisoning of Russian opposition figure Aleksey Navalny.” “Restrictions on the permanent imports of certain Russian firearms. New and pending permit applications for the permanent importation of firearms and ammunition manufactured or located in Russia will be subject to a policy of denial,” the department stated. According to the National Association for Gun Rights, the sanctions will make the popular 7.62×39 rifle round “used by sportsmen, hunters, and Second Amendment enthusiasts alike…impossible to find.” Russian-made brands like Wolf, Bear, Tulammo, Barnaul, and Red Army Standard, which are popular imported ammo options for American gunowners, are likely to be among those impacted by the restrictions. The sanctions will remain in place for no less than 12 months, the department said, and the restrictions can only be lifted if the Executive Branch “determines and certifies to Congress that Russia has met several conditions” under the Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act of 1991 (CBW). The conditions therein include: providing assurances that Russia will not use chemical weapons in violation of international law, […]

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