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President Obama Bans Importation of Kalashnikov & Izhmash Firearms

by G&A Online Editors   |  July 17th, 2014 34

saiga_12_izhmash_1The U.S. Treasury Department has added the Kalashnikov Concern to its Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) list of specially designated nationals (SDN), effectively ceasing importation of Kalashnikov Concern Products to the U.S. The SDN is a list of foreign individuals, groups and entities with whom U.S. persons are generally prohibited from conducting business.

The addition of Kalashnikov Concern to the SDN list is part of a larger effort established by Executive Order (E.O.) 13662 to place Ukraine-related sanctions on specified sectors of the Russian economy. The Treasury Department announced the changes to the list, which includes a number of other Russian businesses and organizations, on their website.

Although the move halts further importation of all Kalashnikov Concern Products, individuals can still sell and trade existing firearms normally. Per the Treasury Department’s FAQ page:

“If a U.S. person is in possession of a Kalashnikov Concern product that was bought and fully paid for prior to the date of designation (i.e., no payment remains due to Kalashnikov Concern), then that product is not blocked and OFAC sanctions would not prohibit the U.S. person from keeping or selling the product in the secondary market, so long as Kalashnikov Concern has no interest in the transaction.  New transactions by U.S. persons with Kalashnikov Concern are prohibited, however, and any property in which Kalashnikov Concern has an interest is blocked pursuant to OFAC’s designation of Kalashnikov Concern on July 16, 2014.  If a U.S. person has an inventory of Kalashnikov Concern products in which Kalashnikov Concern has an interest (for example, the products are not fully paid for or are being sold on consignment), we advise that U.S. person to contact OFAC for further guidance on handling of the inventory. [7-16-2014]”

The situation for dealers, especially those who may not own the products outright, is less clear. Again, from the Treasury Department’s FAQ page:

“If a U.S. person has an inventory of Kalashnikov Concern products in which Kalashnikov Concern has an interest (for example, the products are not fully paid for or are being sold on consignment), we advise that U.S. person to contact OFAC for further guidance on handling of the inventory. [7-16-2014]”

saiga_12_izhmashThe Kalashnikov Concern consists of a group of Russian Arms manufacturers, including Izhmash and Izhevsk. The companies produce and import a number of AK-style and other firearms, including the popular Saiga rifles and shotguns.

It is unclear how long these sanctions will be in effect and if the Kalashnikov Concern could be removed from the SDN list at a later date.

Look for Guns & Ammo’s Book of the AK47 soon for more coverage.

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  • tanstaafl2

    “It is unclear how long these sanctions will be in effect and if the Kalashnikov Concern could be removed from the SDN list at a later date.”

    Yeah – like there’s a snowall’s chance in hell they’d ever remove these firearms from the banned importation list!

    • tiko


  • Fieldkorn

    Sanctions are an integral part of nearly all governments’ strategies, employed economically than militarily. There is nothing new here. It was done years ago by Clinton with the Chinese firearms firm, Norinco, when it was revealed that the firm was pretty much an all-government entity that included the employment of slave labor. As to the effectiveness of such firearms importation sanctions, I cannot speak about but I certainly would like to know both the number of firearms impacted as well as the value. I would suspect it is much less than the other sanctions included on the list, which appear to impact Russia’s oil, instrumentation and machinery industries.

    • Sean

      Great points! As far as the relative effectiveness compared to oil or machinery, who cares.I don’t care if it’s Russian made knitting needles, any sanctions/bans that hurt those bastards..esp Putin…are welcome.The more countries that refuse to buy Russian, the better and the beauty of it is, not having to fire a single shot to hurt that SOB!

      • tiko

        Just how is you friend the King any better? Fast and Furious guns were illegally sold to international criminals without the knowledge of Mexico or Congress and MORE people were killed with the Kings guns than by a missile fired by unknown perps. Are you for real? Obama is our friend? Fess up, Bloomberg you are paying people to be your mouthpiece just like you illegally paid them to buy guns for you….and the King forgave you on the spot for those felonies.

        • maksim

          moron, how different during emperor BUSH did?

          • tiko

            Moron? If you do not know the difference between Fast and Furious and Wide Receiver YOU are the moron. Lack of education is no excuse for praising emperor obama for selling guns to cartels without even notifying Mexico (or so the corrupt Calderone claimed).

          • maksim

            I never said they were the same, but I don’t hear you whining about BUSH when he did similar. President Obama did 189 executive orders, How many Bush did? How many Clinton did? How many did Bush Sr and Reagan? Come back and tell me then we can have good arguement

          • tiko

            Whining? How many of those orders did Bush sign in direct conflict with the will of the people? How many orders did he issue after saying that he will not compromise with Republicans as emperor obama has repeatedly done? How many Mexican criminals did Bush give a free pass to? Just because you talk like you are black and act like you are black does not mean that you have to act or think like you are black. We do not need criminals flooding over the borders at the risk of American lives simply because an emperor wants dangerous people here. Have you ever watched Mexicans beheading people? Their videos make ISIS vids seem tame. We do not need anybody giving savages a free pass into the United States of America. We do not need a racist emperor. We need a leader. BTW have you noticed that the courts ruled that emperor obama illegally invited Mexican criminals to come over without going through any of the normal processes? He is now shopping for a liberal judge to overturn the decision. There is no good “argument” to be had with you. A discussion would be nice but first you need to educate yourself. You resist knowledge but instead listen like a lamb to your emperor. Baaaaa is about all that you say.

  • 2War Abn Vet

    Obama has no real interest in punishing Russia. Now, punishing Americans; that’s an entirely different matter.

    • Sean

      so far 231 Russian companies have been banned with all soon to be banned..President Obama is hurting Russia severely without firing a shot.I own guns AND applaud this decision.

      • tiko

        Now…….who will punish King Obama for plotting to kill hundreds and hundreds of Hispanics and Brian Terry with his sick plan to track his Fast and Furious guns by following the blood, guts and brain matter splattered in the streets? Your hero is an absolute hypocrite and so are you two birds for supporting King Obama when he is worse than Putin.

        • maksim

          so how is was different then Emperor Bush did when he was in power?

          • tiko

            First off Bush did not call himself “emperor”…..emperor obama did. Emperor obama has expanded his rule by decree. I do not think that ANY President ought to bypass congress. The courts who declared emperor obama was wrong to allow criminals into the USA en mass with no penalty also agree. If you are referring to Operation Wide Receiver VS Fast and Furious than you are simply uneducated and should avail yourself of the facts. The most important fact, to help you a bit with your education, is the immoral command to track the guns via the blood, guts and splattered brain matter of the victims of Fast and Furious guns. That is about the sickest tracking method that comes from the mind of savages equal to ISIS animals.

      • Slave to the welfare state

        I’m not a liberal and I disagree with Obama on just about everything. But I believe he’s doing the right thing by boycotting some Russian products, as long as Russia interferes in Ukraine.

        • maksim

          what about US interfering in Ukraine affairs too?

      • maksim

        low oil prices what hurting Russia, Ban not that much

  • Inksling9

    Yeah… like we were “blindsided” by this move. There goes the pricing on what’s “in house”… how long before ammo is added to this?? Any guesses out there…

    • Inksling9

      Then again, as I think on this some more (now I’m in trouble, trying to think, & it make my head hurt, too), if only Russian made are banned, there are plenty of “clones” (what those made elsewhere are called) available. Many of which are imported as kits to be “922r” compliant…

  • John Knight

    Thanks Obama!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Not!!!!!!!!!!!

  • John

    Let the buying frenzy begin. Seriously though, if this administration can block the sale of a foreign modern sporting rifle it makes me wonder what excuse they will come up with to block the sale of US made domestic rifles. Not an NRA member? Maybe it’s time to sign up. The clowns in Washington are not done trampling on our constitutional rights one bit.

    • Sean

      bought a FN made (made in America) Win M70 3 years ago. You know how many Obama gun nazis were there to stop the sale or take my new rifle??.NONE…3 years later…still no Obama nazis.I’ve heard this take our guns shit for years and yet my collection keeps growing.The clowns in Washington? mean the NRA’s lobbyists?

      • gandamak

        You really think they won’t get around to you, with your “military style sniper rifle”…really?? Moron.

      • tiko

        Idiot plant

  • CHOP

    All you idiots see is OBAMA BANNING GUNS. Did you even stop to think that this is just another sanction as a result of Russia’s actions in ukraine. The izhmash plant is sending weapons into ukraine and it’s encouraging chaos and violence. So in your efforts to be as American as possible and shoot down every last thing Obama is doing, you have instead sided with Putin and decided that war in Ukraine and Russian takeover is great as long as Obama hates it.

    • Gcracker3000

      If you think banning the importation of AKs from Russia is somehow going to affect their economy then you’re not very bright. The money they make from exporting rifles is a drop in their economic bucket. This is just another step to limit American’s choices of firearms.

      • CHOP

        You’re missing the point. Obama isn’t using this as an excuse to take away your right to buy guns from the same factory that supplies Ukrainian rebels, he has banned importing from hundreds of Russian companies, and you have to be extremely paranoid to believe that this has anything to do with gun rights. You don’t get to import guns from Iran do you? No, and this is the same thing, not an assault on your rights. Plus there are enough aks in the and still being manufactured in the us.

        PS since you all see Obama as “king obama” don’t you think if he was going to take your guns he’d have done it by now?

        • Kenneth

          No, because the population is already heavily armed. An aspiring dictator can’t move too aggressively in such an area. That’s why politicians have been taking baby steps over the years to get parts, bit by bit banned. Banning automatic abilities, banning magazines with higher loads, banning certain types of ammo. Didn’t you ever see some of these liberal fools who shockingly found out that guns were made of multiple parts and some dimwit came up with the idea of banning guns that are made up of multiple parts…

          Infestations don’t deteriorate things in one fell swoop, they make it slowly degrade over time until something dear to you has been destroyed right under your nose.

    • maksim

      first of all What Russia’s actions in Ukraine? What about the illegal Coup that Ukraine did? What about attacks by Ukraine regime on protesters in Eastern Ukraine that caused Eastern Ukraine to rise up? What about cluster bombs used by Ukraine military on civilian population?

  • ang tetet

    Why not ban all imported guns! In that case, americans are left with no choice but defective toy guns called made in usa. Lol.

  • Tony Ess

    Maybe… Obama is working with US gun companies to price out some competition. Sounds crazy but even NASA says we landed on the Moon.
    I believe in 100% capitalism and second amendment. So even though Putin is playing Hitler in Europe, we should be able to buy any gun we want at any time. I will pick AK’s and $ over Ukraine any day.

    • maksim

      100% capitalism caused 1929 depression. You seem very informative individual

  • brian

    It’s ok, that is why they are opening a factory in America this year as a separate company.

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