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Another huge blow for Kalashnikov enthusiasts.

Tonight, as I sit at my computer, checking various links and Facebook as I do, I came across something that troubled me greatly.  As I tried to source it, tried to find other stories backing it up, it seemed more and more likely to be true, as the minutes flew by.  It appears that another nail in the coffin of the Second Amendment is being hammered in as we speak.

According to the website www.treasury.gov, the official website of the US Department of the Treasury, new entities (both individuals and otherwise), have now been added to the Sectoral Sanctions Identifications List administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC).  None of those entities matter to me, or anyone else that I know, with the exception of the following:

KALASHNIKOV CONCERN (a.k.a. CONCERN KALASHNIKOV; a.k.a. IZHEVSKIY MASHINOSTROITEL’NYI ZAVOD OAO; f.k.a. IZHMASH R&D CENTER; f.k.a. JSC NPO IZHMASH; f.k.a. NPO IZHMASH OAO; a.k.a. OJSC CONCERN KALASHNIKOV; f.k.a. OJSC IZHMASH; f.k.a. SCIENTIFIC PRODUCTION ASSOCIATION IZHMASH JOINT STOCK COMPANY), 3, Derjabin Pr., Izhevsk, Udmurt Republic 426006, Russia; Registration ID 1111832003018 [UKRAINE2].

The entire source document can be found here

When I saw this, it hit me a like a ton of bricks.  The link for today’s entry to the page is located here, with additional links to the FAQ and others previously added to the SSI List.

What this means for any of you who may own an AK, or who aspires to, is that no entity based in the US can enter into any more business dealings with Kalashnikov Concern or Izhmash, one of the biggest AK manufacturers of AKs and accessories on the planet.  To give you an idea of what this covers, no longer will VEPR, Saiga, or any others marked Izhmash, be able to be imported into the US if Izhmash has any stake in the importation whatsoever.

According to the FAQ page found on www.treasury.gov, in relation to this issue, and to Kalashnikov Concern directly, entries 374 and 375 shed some light on the situation:

374. If I own a Kalashnikov product, is that product blocked by sanctions?  Am I able to resell a Kalashnikov product at a gun show or other secondary market? 

If a U.S. person is in possession of a Kalashnikov Concern product that was bought and fully paid for prior to the date of designation (i.e., no payment remains due to Kalashnikov Concern), then that product is not blocked and OFAC sanctions would not prohibit the U.S. person from keeping or selling the product in the secondary market, so long as Kalashnikov Concern has no interest in the transaction.  New transactions by U.S. persons with Kalashnikov Concern are prohibited, however, and any property in which Kalashnikov Concern has an interest is blocked pursuant to OFAC’s designation of Kalashnikov Concern on July 16, 2014.  If a U.S. person has an inventory of Kalashnikov Concern products in which Kalashnikov Concern has an interest (for example, the products are not fully paid for or are being sold on consignment), we advise that U.S. person to contact OFAC for further guidance on handling of the inventory. [7-16-2014]

375. If I have Kalashnikov products in my inventory, can I sell them?

If a U.S. person has an inventory of Kalashnikov Concern products in which Kalashnikov Concern has an interest (for example, the products are not fully paid for or are being sold on consignment), we advise that U.S. person to contact OFAC for further guidance on handling of the inventory. [7-16-2014]

The full FAQ that this is sourced from can be found here

This all dates back to an Executive Order (13662, found here) signed by Obama on March 20th of this year, as a result of the situation in Ukraine.  This only further builds upon that by bolstering the sanctions against even more entities, this time the famous manufacturer.

When is enough, enough?  When will we wake up and realize that none of these measures are taken for our safety?  We are simply pawns in a political game much bigger than you or I, and I for one hate feeling like I don’t have a say in where we’re moved on the board.  I’m not just talking about our gun rights either, although it seems like they have been under assault more than any other lately (with the exception of maybe our rights guaranteed by the 4th Amendment).  This is just another huge blow for AK enthusiasts, coming right up on the heels of the BATFE ban on the importation of 5.45 caliber 7N6 ammunition used in the AK74.

Si vis pacem, para bellum

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