American arms manufacturer sends thousands of AR-15s to Ukraine

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BROOKSVILLE, Fla. — As Russian airstrikes continue to ravage Kyiv, Ukraine, private companies across America are sending weapons directly to the war zone. An American arms manufacturer is sending 2,500 piston-powered AR-15 semi-automatic rifles to Kyiv to arm civilians who stayed in the country to fight the Russians.

“We’re just a passionate group of people and when liberty or liberty is at risk then we take it personally. It’s just been an overwhelming feeling for us to be able to help and I’m proud of my team,” said Adams Arms President Jason East.

Adams Arms is preparing to send the first of five planned shipments to Ukraine this week. The company loses $300,000 by selling the guns at a reduced price, but it’s an honor to help.

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“The good thing about being a private company is, you know, the government has bureaucracy and bureaucracy. Sometimes it takes longer, you know, as a private company we’ve been able to respond very, very quickly,” East said.

Adams Arms has worked with arms dealers across Ukraine for the past five years. East’s business partners asked for help after arms stores in Kyiv sold out almost overnight following the Russian invasion. The company’s business partners in Ukraine quickly needed weapons.

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“It’s that demand that brought them back to us. And said they needed an immediate order. Our specific resource is still in the area. It’s just outside of Kyiv. We speak to him almost every day. The family left the country and went to some neighboring areas within Europe, but he chose to stay there, you know, do his job, distribute weapons to civilians and then himself to the efforts,” East said.

Adams Arms has worked with the Department of Commerce and other business partners to set up proper licensing and logistics to ensure the firearms arrive safely.

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“The shipment was supposed to depart a few days before the Russian invasion. Apparently we couldn’t fly any closer than 100 miles to the Ukrainian border after that. And so normally to get a Department of Commerce approved permit is usually a 30 day process for us. So here we are, wondering what to do, luckily the Commerce Department acted very quickly,” East said.

The company set up the transaction in Poland as an intermediary to ensure that the shipment is not intercepted. In view of the threat of interception, Adams Arms staggers its supplies, separating arms, ammunition and armor.

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For those who work the assembly line at Adams Arms, it is an honor to answer the call for help.

“As a veteran, I served and many other people served because we wanted to make a difference. And if you remember, when 911 happened, a lot of people here joined the military… And for Ukraine, this is that moment for them. This is the moment for them to stand up and defend their country.”

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