The Russian ammo ban is something that’s been covered here before at The Arms Guide. What’s now becoming clear is just how much worse this is going to be for gun owners than previously expected.
The official reason for the ammo ban is to punish Russia for poisoning an anti-Putin politician. Looking at the details of the ammo ban, however, it’s obvious that the official reason is complete bunk.
There is no doubt whatsoever that this ammo ban is part of a plot to disarm Americans.
Understanding the International Flow of Ammo
The way the ammo trade works is a bit complex. Importing ammo is possible for those who hold a valid category 08 FFL (Federal Firearms License). To import ammo, the 08 FFL has to fill out a form with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) and the US State Department.
The thing you have to fill out as an importer is called Form 6, and it’s a very detailed and extensive form. Once you are approved, you get a form allowing you to bring in ammo to sell for two years.
The type of ammo or weapons you can bring in must have been made specifically on the form filled out with the feds.
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— Franklin 𝑹 Sheckler 💡 (@FDSheckler) September 5, 2021
The Import Process
While importing ammo, large amounts may be brought over in various crates. These individual orders to fulfill the whole order need a form called 6A. The 6A is given over to US customs, but it doesn’t need additional ATF or federal oversight like the original Form 6.
The point is that if you’re already cleared to bring in Russian ammo on Form 6, the new federal rules shouldn’t apply. Technically, they would only hit new Form 6 federal applications that come in.
We will see how the new ban ends up applying, but there should still be some Russian ammo coming in from existing suppliers. Nonetheless, this new rule is going to hit hard.
Russian ammo ban has hit us all hard.
— Lightspeed_Outlaw🇺🇸 (@breakonthru234) September 8, 2021
How Much Ammo in America is Russian?
Last year, about one in five bullets imported into America were from Russia. The amount is around 765 million for 2020. This will hit specific calibers a lot more than others, especially 7.62×39, 9×18, and 5.45×39. That’s because these calibers are much more commonly manufactured in Russia.
Prices are skyrocketing, especially for this ammo; even though other companies will try to fill market demand, they’re not going to be offering it for free by any means. As this Russian ban comes down, keep an eye out for more moves from the Biden administration.
It’s obvious that they’re trying to undercut the Second Amendment in various ways if possible. This Russian ammo prohibition is likely only the first step, but it could get a lot worse. We’ve got to keep an eye on Biden and the Democrats because they are no friend to gun rights.