Following another round of sanctions, demand for Russian-made firearms like the AK-47 rifle has picked up in recent days.
The U.S. and European nations have imposed economic sanctions targeting Russian companies over the countryâ€™s role in backing separatists that are fighting the Ukraine government. Additional penalties could be handed down in response to the downing of a Malaysia Airlines flight late last week. Federal officials believe the jet was shot down by a surface-to-air missile fired by rebels in eastern Ukraine.
The sanctions unveiled on Wednesday include Kalashnikov Concern, the maker of AK-47s and Saiga firearms. American companies are now prohibited from having Kalashnikov products imported into the U.S.