A Russian Ammo Ban Is Coming
On Friday, the White House announced that it would stop approving new permits to import Russian-made firearms as well as ammunition. The ban, which is part of a new round of sanctions against the Russian government over its alleged poisoning and imprisoning of dissident Aleksey Navalny, is set to go into effect on Sept. 7, 2021.
“Pursuant to the Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act of 1991 (the CBW Act), the United States will impose a second round of sanctions on the Russian Federation over its use of a ‘Novichok’ nerve agent in the August 2020 poisoning of Russian opposition figure Aleksey Navalny,” that U.S. Department of State explained in a fact sheet.
All new and pending permit applications for the permanent importation of firearms and ammunition manufactured or located in Russia will now be subject to a policy of denial. The latest sanctions are expected to remain in place for a minimum of 12 months, after which, the Executive Branch (the president) can elect to remove the sanctions if Russia were to meet certain obligations that fall under the CBW Act.