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President Obama Bans Importation of Kalashnikov & Izhmash Firearms

by G&A Online Editors   |  July 17th, 2014 21

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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

      • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • gandamak

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

  • tiko

    Idiot plant

  • tiko


  • 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.

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