The anti-Russia hysteria that has marked US foreign policy since the end of the Cold War has now taken a gun control dimension.
On August 20, 2021, the US State Department published a fact sheet that announced the prohibition of Russian firearms and ammunition importats for a minimum of 12 months beginning on September 7, 2021.
Here’s what the State Department’s announcement said:
- 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.
The ban in question is categorized as sanctions in accordance with the Chemical and Biological Weapons (CBW) Control and Warfare Elimination Act of 1991. What sparked the enactment of these sanctions was the Russian government’s alleged use of the “Novichok” chemical agent to poison Russian dissident Alexei Navainy. According to Dean Weingarten, “the first round of sanctions did not ban the importation of Russian ammunition or firearms.”
However, the State Department recently announced that “New and pending permit applications” … “will be subject to a policy of denial”. Weingarten noted that “The implication is applications that have already been approved will not be revoked” and in effect, “shipments of ammunition and firearms from Russia which have already been approved will be allowed to enter the United States and be sold.”
Weingarten highlighted the potential economic consequences of these sanctions:
Gun Owners of America condemned this recent move by the Biden administration in a statement below:
Once again, the Biden Administration’s actions are misplaced. Ending imports by licensed importers will not stop drug dealers, murderers and other assorted street criminals.
It will, however, harm legitimate US businesses while driving up the cost of other ammunition due to more buyers chasing a smaller supply. It is clear to us that the intention is not to harm Russia but rather to hinder the acquisition of firearms and ammunition by American citizens.
Not only is US foreign policy screwed up, but the hysteria that characterizes it has clearly bled over into gun control policy.
Many Russian-made firearms and ammo are popular among American gun owners. As long as these individuals use such devices in a legal manner, they have every right to import foreign firearms.
Too bad that the control freaks in Washington DC don’t get that, and instead work tirelessly to make people’s lives miserable by infringing on their ability to legally acquire the firearms they desire.