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Sun Jan 23, 2022, 04:05 PM

Can the import of foreign firearms and ammo be prohibited via Executive Order? nt

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Reply Can the import of foreign firearms and ammo be prohibited via Executive Order? nt (Original post)
Progressive Jones Jan 2022 OP
AndyS Jan 2022 #1
DetroitLegalBeagle Jan 2022 #2
sir pball Jan 2022 #3

Response to Progressive Jones (Original post)

Sun Jan 23, 2022, 05:08 PM

1. I think in Sept last year he issued an executive order to ban the import of Russian guns and

ammunition. Been looking for the gun part but found a lot squealing about the loss of ammunition so I guess so?

Continuing to look . . .

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Sun Jan 23, 2022, 05:23 PM

2. Yes

Chinese guns and ammunition have been banned since the 90's. There is a more recent Russian EO, but it's not a total ban, if I remember correctly the State Dept is denying all new or pending import applications, but already approved ones are still valid. There was speculation that some of the import companies already had dozens or hundreds of approved imports backlogged and would not exhaust them for a year or 2 or more.

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Response to Progressive Jones (Original post)

Mon Jan 24, 2022, 08:25 AM

3. Firearms imports are already regulated, MSSAs are almost completely forbidden.

Per the ATF:
To qualify for importation under 18 U.S.C. 925(d)(3), a firearm or ammunition must not fall under the definition of firearm as defined in 26 U.S.C. 5845(b), and must be of a type generally recognized as particularly suitable for or readily adaptable to sporting purposes.
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Note: ATF has determined that certain features designed for military application are indicative of non-sporting rifles and shotguns. Features which are not recognized as sporting include, but are not limited to, folding or telescoping stocks, pistol grips that protrude conspicuously beneath the action of the weapon, a bayonet or bayonet mount, a flash suppressor or threaded barrel designed to accommodate a flash suppressor, a grenade launcher and night sights.


Long story short, the only firearms it's generally permissible to import are hunting-type rifles - there is a practice amongst gun culture of replacing enough parts of foreign MSSAs/banned firearms with US-made parts to comply with the law, but while distasteful, it's not really a large enough area to warrant much concern.

Further information is available at the linked ATF page; the "Report and Recommendation of the ATF Working Group on the Importability of Certain Semiautomatic Rifles" is particularly good in outlining just how hard it is to import MSSAs.

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