Gun store owner refuses to give customer list to feds threatening seizure

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A California gun-parts dealer refused to hand over its customer list to federal agents Wednesday.

Ares Armor had drawn Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ scrutiny because of its sale of AR-15 lower receivers to 5,000 customers, according to San Diego’s Fox5 News.

The station reported:

It is legal to build a rifle from scratch without serial numbers only if the base [lower receiver] is manufactured to ATF specifications. The base is not considered a firearm if it’s sold separately.

A manufacturer made an 80 percent receiver in plastic with a different material and colors which show exactly where the customer can drill making it easier and cheaper to build. The ATF said it is illegal.

The ATF sent stores, including Ares Armor, letters demanding they turn over the products and names of customers who purchased them.

“They said either give us these 5,000 names or we are coming in and taking pretty much anything – which is a huge privacy concern and something we are not willing to do,” Ares Armor owner Dimitrios Karras said. “They were going to search all of our facilities and confiscate our computer and pretty much shut our business down. The government invades our privacy on a daily basis, and everyone thinks it’s OK. This is one of those situations where, hopefully, the governmental institutions will come in and say, ‘This is protected, and, no, you’re not taking it from them.’”

Ares Armor obtained an order temporarily restraining ATF from seizing its customer list, and a March 20 hearing has been set in case the two sides can’t reach an agreement.

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