Kalashnikov USA to produce AK-47 in Florida

According to media reports Thrusday, American gun maker Kalashnikov USA is announcing plans to manufacture the famous AK-47 assault rifles in Florida. The company previously imported the weapons from the original manufacturer in Moscow.

As reported by CNN, the company began producing the guns in Pennsylvania last year when President Obama imposed sanctions against Russia after its annexation of Crimea. At that point, Kalashnikov USA severed all ties with the Russian company. Now, Pompano Beach has approved the assembly of guns in the city.

Guns assembled at the Pompano Beach factory will have to be sold to retailers elsewhere.

Kalashnikov in Florida:  Company To Produce AK-47 in Florida

Kalashnikov in Florida: Company To Produce AK-47 in Florida

Kalashnikov USA launched new rifles and shotguns at a firearms conference in Las Vegas last week, including the high capacity magazines Alpha line. Genuine AK-47’s — among the most popular assault rifles in the world — have spiked in value since the sanctions halted imports.

Named after its designer, Mikhail Kalashnikov, the Avtomat Kalashnikova — or Kalashnikov Automatic Rifle — went into production in 1947; thus named AK-47.