Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Kalashnikov AK-47 factory will relocate to Florida

Posted By on Tue, Feb 2, 2016 at 6:16 AM

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Florida isn't just attracting snow birds and retirees anymore. The makers of the original AK-47 will be migrating to Florida, bringing its factory along with it.

The Russian-born Kalashnikov will be moving out from Pennsylvania, New York Daily News reports, and into a 40,000-square-foot location in Pompano Beach. The company has already acquired its license to operate, and it'll also be acquiring $162,000 in incentives from the city, Broward County and Florida.

Kalashnikov USA, which is no longer attached to Moscow's Kalashnikov Concern after a U.S.-based sanction, will be selling the firearms in large quantities to retailers once the transitional period is over in mid-February.

This particular AK-47 brand, and its many imitators, has become a favorite among terrorist organizations. According to The Guardian, it was one of the most-fired weapons by said groups, having been used in the recent Sousse, Tunis and Paris attacks.

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