With Trump winning the election, internet recently exploded with renewed hopes for bringing imported, surplus, 7N6 Ammo (5.45×39), back to USA.
All this is based on false perception that import ban was imposed in form of executive order from President Obama.
When political motives for imposing ban were probably at the play here, import ban on 7N6 was actually a consequence of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency asking ATF to conduct a test, examination and classification of Russian-made 7N6 5.45×39 ammunition for purposes of determining whether it is considered “armor piercing ammunition” as defined by the Gun Control Act (GCA), as amended.
Since 1986, the GCA has prohibited the importation of armor piercing ammunition unless it is destined for government use or testing. The imported ammunition about which CBP was inquiring was not destined for either excepted purpose. Purpose of course was commercial resale.
When ATF tested the 7N6 samples provided by CBP, they were found to contain a steel core. ATF’s analysis also concluded that the ammunition could be used in a commercially available handgun. From ATF statement: “Fabryka Broni Radom, Model Onyks 89S, 5.45×39, which is caliber semi-automatic pistol, which was approved for importation into the United States in November 2011”.
This really was jaw dropping ruling, since around only 200 Onyks carbines (not pistols) were produced in Poland and to common knowledge, none were ever imported nor sold on the U.S. market as semi-automatic pistols…But this was the final nail into the 7n6 coffin, since accordingly, ATF found that the 7N6 ammunition is “armor piercing” under the section 921(a)(17)(B)(i) and is therefore not importable…At that point it was game over.
So as you can see, whole 7N6 ammo import ban wasn’t result of executive order. To bring ammo import back, we would have to actually get rid of The Gun Control Act of 1968…