Steven Seagal To Lobby On Behalf Of Russian Gun Makers

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Somehow Steven Seagal managed to convince the Deputy Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry Rogozin that he would be able to lobby the US government to ease restrictions on Russian firearm imports. I think our chances of buying an AK-12 or AK-107 at the local gun store just diminished.

VZ.ru reports (terribly translated with Google) …

Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin asked the American actor Steven Seagal for assistance in the abolition of the Russian-American agreement that restricts the supply of modern Russian small arms in the U.S.. Meeting with Seagal was held today at the Government House.

Rogozin said he would discuss the issue with the Obama administration. But Seagal is widely respected in the American small community, so decided to use Rogozin and this “lever” and not just the official level talks. “In all the movies I’ve seen that have seen my fellow citizens, you have always been on the side of good against evil, it was always an unequivocal position for justice, for life, against terrorism, against Crime” - quoted Rogozin RIA “Novosti” .

“In the U.S. market, no one is waiting for our new developments. Causes of competitive properties: local players do not want to let the market outsiders. This is quite a natural politician. In the USA the powerful gun lobby, we have someone to start up on your market? No. Likewise, they are, “- says the newspaper VIEW TSAMTO director Igor Korotchenko.

Many thanks to Peter for the tip.

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  • floppyscience

    Oh god what. I’m not sure if this is better or worse than Dennis Rodman being our “ambassador” to North Korea.

    • big daddy

      That’s funny!!!

  • floppyscience

    Also I thought Russia was joining the WTO, and that their joining would abolish the import restrictions? Whatever happened with that?

    • Steve (TFB Editor)

      Guns are one of those things countries are allowed to regulate as they see fit.

      • floppyscience

        Drats, and I was promised new SVDs by internet lawyers.

      • fabracatidiem

        kind of, the arms embargo itself would be dissolved, but any imports
        would still have to meet criteria of “sporting arms” under 922.r (no
        evil semi autos with assault clips) to be imported, and then have 10
        american made parts installed by the end user if they wanted to equip
        the firearm with any banned features.

  • Guest

    California Legal Tigrs with Monte Carlo stocks. (Still waiting Russia:/) http://dragunov.net/tiger.html

    I hope they make it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/nicholas.mew.3 Nicholas Mew

    Maybe I can finally get California Legal Tigrs with Monte Carlo stocks?!!http://dragunov.net/tiger.html
    Although chances of shooting them are going to be close to 0% for me.

    • n0truscotsman

      Youre making me droll. Knock it off ;)

    • FourString

      Same boat. Oh well.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ldowningjr Lawren Downing

    Wait I’m confused. How does easing restrictions equal not seeing new guns in the US?

    • Nadnerbus

      Seagal’s lobbying prowess is mostly likely as good as his acting. I don’t see Obama doing a 180 on his gun stance because a B movie action star asks him to.

      • -V-

        Good thing that its not Obama who writes the laws of the land, its Congress. If you can lobby and influence enough congress critters, then laws get passed.

      • noob

        but he is respected in “the American small community”!

  • http://www.scribd.com/twobirdsflyingpub Twobirdsflying

    Apparently, Deputy Prime
    Minister Dmitry Rogozin is unaware that the United States has had a weapons
    import ban in effect since the Clinton years. The ban applies to all countries
    of origin, where it is deemed that the weapon does not meet the “sporting
    criteria.” There’s also considerable interest in the United States for Russia
    small arms.

    The Deputy Prime Minister should
    consider investing in a manufacturing facility in the United States so that
    Russian products will get market exposure without being hindered by the import
    ban.

    • Tim U

      The SVD could make those “sporting purposes” requirements, just like the Saiga rifles and shotguns currently being imported.

      Of course, investing in an Izhmash USA would be awesome, even though it’ll never happen.

  • RickH

    If this doesn’t work they can always tap Chuck Norris.

  • TangledThorns

    If IWI can make Tavors here in the States then the Soviets can do the same with their rifles. Another bonus will be adding jobs here in the States.

    • Lemming

      Soviets? Seriously dude?

      • -V-

        Hey, some people remember 20 years ago like it was just yesterday :p.

      • http://www.facebook.com/mark.lewis.758 Mark Lewis

        They’re not “Soviets” anymore. The Soviet Union ended 20+ years ago. They are a republic known now as the Russian Federation and yes I have been there a few times and speak a bit of Russian… Панимая?

  • Tomas Brewer

    As far as I understood the WTO treaties, all countries are allowed ONE VRA (Volunteer Restraint Agreement) regardless of nature of said VRA.

    Am I incorrect in this?

  • n0truscotsman

    I cant wait until Veprs stop commanding 1000 dollar plus prices. I also cannot wait until we see the demonization of Dragunov’s stop.

    I would love to see a flood of Russian guns here in the US. Ill tell you what, the 5.45 and AKs have been awesome during this AR and 5.56 craziness.

    • http://www.facebook.com/nicholas.mew.3 Nicholas Mew

      Their warehouses will be empty in days.

      • n0truscotsman

        They also have millions in stocks that they do not need or want. The russian army complained that they dont want any more AKs so i think izzie should happily open their market to the US. Itll keep them in business thats for sure.

        • erwos

          Izhmash’s problem is horribad management, not the VER. They can just label any damn gun they want as a Saiga to get it past the VER.

  • Graham 1

    I don’t know… He is one hell of a negotiator though. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vbRMqd3n3-o

    • n0truscotsman

      win!

  • http://www.facebook.com/atsilaai Patrick Collins

    Obama REFUSED to ALLOW American Made M-1 Garands and Carbines to be returned to the U.S. from South Korea. WHY would he allow Russian made weapons into the country when he wants to take all of ours away?

    • http://www.facebook.com/nicholas.mew.3 Nicholas Mew

      I think that was the State Department.

      • AT777T

        Doesn’t the State Department answer to the Executive?

    • john huscio

      maybe if he wants snowden back……..an izmash facility in florida in exchange for eddie?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000321692567 Leigh Rich

    Something how the news media only says he is friendy with Russa. Doesn’t say reason is to get rid of UNs bans. Bet Obama don’t like this.

  • erwos

    I don’t quite get this. Isn’t this a VER? Couldn’t the Russians just tell us “it’s over” and demand re-negotiation? It’s not like that would be a big deal, they’d still be under 922r.

  • http://www.facebook.com/james.elliott3 James Elliott

    I have always respected Steven Seagal. He speaks several languages and several of his films have been in Russia along with using Russian actors and actresses. Seagal really casts an international shadow in his work. I have seen him on his show where he was a Deputy in Jackson County Parrish, he shot a perfect hole in the hole shot, astounding the officers whom he took the time to work with. If he can get this deal through, it will be because he understands the political play that makes or breaks these kind of issues. I wish him the best in his endeavors.

  • MOG

    Boy, big break on this one. Steven Seagal, Wow. The guy needs a stunt double just to walk around the set for him. If he learns to talk first, he might can lobby, I guess. Not betting on it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/GunsAndSubarusYAY Ed Lepczyk

    BWAHAHAHAHA!!!!

    ”In all the movies I’ve seen that have seen my fellow citizens, you have always been on the side of good against evil, it was always an unequivocal position for justice, for life, against terrorism, against Crime”

    I suppose he should be our next Attorney General then. Actually, he may be more qualified than Holder…..

  • Core

    We can do what the Russians and Chinese do and reverse engineer the guns and make them better.