The National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action is warning of more potential shortages of ammunition since the Joe Biden administration is banning the importation of Russian ammo.
The organization confirmed word has come from Biden’s Department of State that a ban on importation of Russian ammunition is looming.
The federal department said, “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 policy appears to prohibit the importation of both firearms and ammo, but those firearms already were heavily restricted, which means the new policy primarily will affect ammunition that originates in Russia.
The action comes as firearms sales remained popular among buyers, with some 1.4 million units sold just for the month of May.
At that time, the report said enthusiasts were struggling to find ammunition on the shelves, and the demand remained “at a scalding pace.”
In Florida, gun owners were camping out in front of retailers for the chance to buy ammunition just a few months back. And one Arizona manufacturer said the company was facing $80 million in back orders.
One of the anti-gun efforts has been to make ammunition unavailable or so expensive few can afford it. This has been attempted through plans to require background checks for ammo purchases, or sky-high prices through taxes and more.
The NRA report said in the new move, the State Department claimed it was imposing the sanctions “over [Russia’s] use of a ‘Novichok’ nerve agent in the August 2020 poisoning of Russian opposition figure Aleksey Navalny.”
But the NRA reported that while that could be a viable reason to sanction Russia, “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.”
Ammo exports to the U.S. are only a fraction 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 NRA reported.
The report said the federal documentation appears to allow those shipments that already have been approved, but it’s likely that ammunition will be “rapidly consumed due to present demand for ammunition in the United States.”
President Biden at one point demanded the federal registration of gun components, such as magazines, and California has moved to restrict Second Amendment rights by demanding shotgun shell purchasers have their personal information match what state officials have in their database.
Biden also repeatedly has called for bans on ordinary weapons owned and used by millions across the country, such as the 9 mm.
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