Russians concerned for American gun owners


A teenager holds an AK-47 Kalashnikov during a military-patriotic game Zarnitsa (Summer Lightning) at a field outside Stavropol on June 24, 2014. (AFP PHOTO / DANIL SEMYONOV)

The White House issued a number of new sanctions against Russian companies Wednesday, including Kalashnikov Concern, maker of AK-47s. And the Russian government is concerned about what this will mean for American gun owners.

The Russian Embassy here tweeted a story from Russian wire service IRAR-TASS with the note: “Sanctions against Kalashnikov corporation run counter to interests of US customers.”

The story it linked to is a brief interview with a spokesman from the gun manufacturer who says Americans are loyal customers of the well-known assault weapons. There are said to be 100 million of its rifles around the world.

“This means that the sanctions the US Administration has imposed on Kalashnikov contravene the interests of US consumers,” the Kalashnikov spokesman said.

The Loop called the NRA to see if it agrees, but received no response.

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki was asked about Russia’s assertion on Thursday, and said the U.S. government takes “into account, of course, any impact on U.S. businesses, U.S. consumers as we make these decisions.”

She said she did not know what the specific impact would be on American AK-47 buyers.

Helpfully, the Treasury Department put out a FAQ on that.

If you are a concerned Kalashnikov fan, Treasury promises if you like your AK-47 you can keep your AK-47. You can even sell it privately at gun shows and shops. But you can’t buy a new one, and if you haven’t fully paid for your Kalashnikov (in other words, you still owe the Russians money) then call The Office of Foreign Assets Control for guidance.

Colby Itkowitz is a national reporter for In The Loop.
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