Gun Shops See Increase Demand for Russian Guns

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- Gun shop owners across the country say they cannot keep Russian-made guns on the shelves.

It's a trend some gun store owners say is happening in the Valley and it's a concern.

Last week President Obama announced economic sanctions against Russia, banning some companies in Russia from sending items to America.

The sanction was meant to hurt the economy in Russia, but at least one business owner says the sanctions have hurt stores in America.

Dennis Golden with Ashby Arms in Harrisonburg said they cannot keep up with the demand for Russian guns.

"Banning the importation of these very particular weapons will have no consequence on the conflict between Russia and the United States. It affects my ability to get our customers the exact products that they want," Golden said.

He also said the store sold out of Russian guns within 12 hours of the sanctions announcement. He continued to say that even though the Russian versions of these guns are almost gone you can still purchase similar guns made in other countries.


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