A-K 47s from Russia can no longer be imported into U.S.
Tyler , TX (KETK) — This month, President Obama issued a number of executive orders on Russian companies, importing their products into the United States. This is including, the Russian company that makes AK-47s. These new sanctions are in response to Vladimir Putin over playing his hand in Ukraine. One of the ways President Obama is striking back at the Russians is not allowing any more Kalashnikov AK-47s to be imported here. But, there is confusion that AK 47s are banned in the U.S., but this is not true. According to the Treasury Department, Kalashnikov Concern, is no longer allowed to import their guns, the AK-47 and the AK-74 into our country.
"Some people believe that AK-47s are going to be banned completely from importation in this country, that's not our information," said Mack Woods, with Shootist Gun & Knife shop.
Some are worried that all AK- 47s are banned in the U.S.
"Our information is, Russian-made A-Ks may have a full ban attached to them, that doesn't do anything about other A-Ks coming from Romania, Yugoslavia, also right here in the United States," said Woods.
A-K 47s can still legally be bought in the U.S. or imported from other countries besides Russia.
"There are a lot of places here in the United States that now make from the ground up A-K 47s," said Woods.
But, according to the Treasury Department, if you already own a product made from Kalashnikov Concern, like an A-K 47, you are allowed to own, sell, or buy one, if it's fully paid for and in the U.S. before the sanctions were put in place. However, if you are in the process of purchasing one of their firearms, like have the firearms in layaway, you are required to contact the U.S Office of Foreign Assets Control.