On Friday, the U.S. Department of State announced it would stop accepting new and pending permits for Russian firearms and ammunition importation for 12 months as part of a new round of sanctions against Moscow over the 2020 poisoning of Russian Dissident Aleksey Navalny.
The Department of State released the new sanctions under the Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act of 1991 (the CBW Act), which reads:
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.
Shipments of firearms and ammunition from Russia that have already been approved will enter the U.S. But Russian firms who want to expand their footprint at U.S. gun stores won’t be able to for a 12-month period. The move could adversely impact gun and ammo prices.
The Firearms Regulatory Accountability Coalition questioned the State Department’s rationale behind the ban. The group suspects the move is part of a plan by the Biden administration to tighten firearm supply and increase ammunition prices to make it unaffordable – a highly complex way to squeeze gun-loving Americans.