"Importing Russia’s Top Gun" -NY Times a-kalashnikov-factory-in-russia-survives-on-sales-to-us-
Izhmash benefits from American gun laws that are looser than in its home market. In Russia, consumers can buy a long-barreled firearm only with a police permit, which requires a clean criminal sheet, a diploma from a gun safety course and a medical certificate of sanity. In the United States, laws vary by state, but buyers often need to clear only an F.B.I. criminal background check
which means anyone who isn't a convicted felon gets a gun, i believe? lawyers? buehler?