What Russian ammo ban? Loophole keeps it on US shelves, splitting gun rights groups

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Russian ammo ban loophole keeps it in US, splits gun groups on Ukraine

NRA, NSSF, GOA among gun lobbies that have wrestled with ban of cheap Russian ammo

The Shooters Shop in West Allis, Wis., has Russian-made 7.62 x 39 mm ammunition for an AK-47.
  • Last year, the U.S. banned all ammunition imports from Russia
  • Despite the ban, a sanctions loophole means the cheap ammunition has arrived at ports all year
  • The principle and impact of banning the ammo has split the nation’s top gun lobbies

On March 16, the Russian army advanced on Chernihiv, Bucha and Irpin, Ukraine – firing steel-cased ammunition from the military’s AK rifles. 

On the other side of the globe, a cargo ship carrying the same type of ammo from St. Petersburg docked in Philadelphia. A container with pallets of shrink-wrapped boxes slowly made its way to warehouses in Florida, South Carolina and Ohio and onto store shelves nationwide. 

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