Biden Administration Bans Importation of Russian Ammunition


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Biden Administration Bans Importation of Russian Ammunition IMG NRA-ILA

Fairfax, VA – -( The Biden Administration’s Department of State announced that it will soon prohibit the importation of Russian ammunition into the United States. According to a release on the Department of State’s website, “[n]ew 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.”

While the new policy appears to prohibit the importation of both firearms and ammunition, the importation of Russian-origin firearms was already heavily restricted under past executive policies. The primary effect of this new policy will be on Russian-origin ammunition.

The State Department claims that it is imposing these “sanctions on the Russian Federation over its use of a “Novichok” nerve agent in the August 2020 poisoning of Russian opposition figure Aleksey Navalny.” While that may be a viable reason for the United States government to sanction the Russian Federation, the ammunition import restriction seems more aimed at punishing American gun owners and businesses than as a foreign policy tool to influence the Russian Federation.

Ammunition exports to the United States are only a small percentage of the GDP of the Russian Federation, but Russian-origin ammo makes up a large part of the American ammunition supply. American gun owners were already suffering from a market where demand was exceeding available supply. This new move by the Biden Administration will severely worsen the present supply problems.

The release goes on to note that the new policy:

“…will take effect upon the publication of a Federal Register notice expected on September 7, 2021, and they will remain in place for a minimum of 12 months. The sanctions can only be lifted after a 12-month period if the Executive Branch determines and certifies to Congress that Russia has met several conditions . . . including (1) providing reliable assurances that it will not use chemical weapons in violation of international law, (2) it is not making preparations to use chemical weapons in the future, (3) it is willing to allow international inspectors to verify those assurances, and (4) it is making restitution to Mr. Navalny.”

While this delayed implementation date may seem to make a rush to approve new ammunition shipments possible, it’s not clear that ATF will provide any type of rush approval for the Form 6s necessary to lawfully import ammunition into the United States. These forms often take six or more weeks to get approved, so ATF delays may prevent any new shipments being approved for importation.

It appears that importers will be able to continue to import ammunition that was already approved prior to the publication of the notice in the Federal Register. That ammunition will likely be rapidly consumed due to present demand for ammunition in the United States.

The full effect of this new policy will likely not be realized for a few months, but it will certainly lead to more ammunition shortages, higher prices, and therefore fewer Americans excising their fundamental rights. It may also result in the shuttering of American small businesses that rely heavily on the importation of Russian ammunition. All of this is of course by design for the Biden Administration.

We will continue to keep all NRA members informed of this newest overreach by President Biden on his crusade against law-abiding American gun owners. NRA is reviewing all political, legislative, and legal options to fight this new policy.

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Did Slow Joe and KamelHo do the ITAR paperwork to supply arms to the Taliban???


Well, at this point everyone can clearly see that it is “regime”, not “administration”.


better cloud fund and start our own ammo manufacturing company , primmers to powder brass and ball , no sales so it is not a company only club members can supply money for the production of their ammo


The Taliban doesn’t seem to have any shortage of ammo !
I would think that some of Russia’s client states would take this opportunity to start or expand the niche in ammo manufacturing, or does that sound too much like Capitalism?
Anyhow, the Chinese are very good at supply and demand! Check your local Walmart .

Henry Bowman

Negotiating Rights Away: A day late and $500M short.

Harold Hutchinson politely asks you to donate to Wayne LaPierre’s wardrobe fund today!!


Hopefully, his wardrobe will consist of Orange Jumpsuits.
It is beyond my comprehension that La Pew is STILL president for life at the NRA !!
He is the biggest liability that they have and is costing them dearly!!! How many Thousands or even millions of former NRA members have left the membership roles?


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