Kalashnikov AK-47 assault rifles will be soon be made in Florida. Pompano Beach recently gave Kalashnikov USA permission to assemble the guns in the city, CNNMoney reports. UPI reports that the company will build a factory there, and the Sun-Sentinel adds that the 40,000-square-foot facility will ultimately bring 54 jobs to the area. For decades, the Pennsylvania company was importing guns from Moscow made by the original manufacturer, Kalashnikov Concern, but in 2014, sanctions against Russia banned all imports of the rifles. So Kalashnikov USA made itself over as a manufacturer of the guns, and initially began assembling them in Pennsylvania. It is now moving the operation to Florida for unknown reasons.
Kalashnikov USA's first lines of rifles and shotguns were unveiled last week at the annual SHOT Show in Las Vegas. The company's Alpha line of rifles features high-capacity magazines that can hold 30 rounds, but since such magazines are restricted in certain states, Kalashnikov USA plans to also make 10-round magazines. Interestingly, though CNNMoney calls Florida "a gun-friendly state with relatively loose gun laws," Kalashnikov USA doesn't actually have a license to sell guns in Pompano Beach; it will be selling the guns it makes there wholesale to retailers in other locations. "An iconic firearms platform, revered the world over, with a history of intrigue and controversy, now reborn as the new American Kalashnikov," the company says in a statement, per Fox News. (Read more Kalashnikov stories.)