A California gun parts and accessories store that was the subject of a surprise raid by agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives on Saturday is not going meekly into the night. The store’s owner has vowed to stand and fight for what he believes are his rights.
Ares Armor is now using their Facebook page to keep everyone apprised. Immediately after the raid, Ares’ CEO, Dimitrios Karras posted:
update: The ATF did execute a search warrant against all of our buildings today. None of our employees have been detained or arrested. We will be open for business tomorrow. We will be back up and shipping out orders on Monday. We wholeheartedly believe that they are WRONG in their actions and we will be relentlessly pursuing remedy through the courts. Quote from an ATF Agent during the raid “searching is fun! paper work sucks.” Maybe the ATF thinks the Constitution is part of that paper work that sucks… Despicable behavior on their part. This is just the beginning! Thank you all for the support! -Dimitrios Karras, CEO
His Saturday night post makes it clear he’ll fight to the last, ands calls on the support of Second Amendment advocates:
Thank you all for the support. Our new friends are probably not pleased that we are not down on our knees begging for mercy. We have been contacted by several politicians already but we need all the help we can get! Please do more than offer kind words. Contact your representative or congressmen and make sure they know about our plight. What they have done is wrong!
Riddle me this? Why would they execute a raid on a matter that is already in the courts hands before the hearing for preliminary injunction? Are they afraid of the facts? Criminals do not run to the courts for protection, criminals do not go to the media. They are wrong and they know it! Thank you in advance for your help.
Dimitrios Karras, CEO Ares Armor
This whole thing started when Ares Armor got wind that the ATF wanted Ares’ customer list and inventory of composite “80% lower receivers” for AR-15 rifles. The business responded by obtaining a temporary order on Tuesday of last week restraining the ATF from seizing these items.
Three days later, the ATF went behind Ares back and obtained an ex parte order qualifying the previous order by alleging Ares had engaged in criminal activity. On that basis, a search warrant was executed the following day.
The following video was taken outside Ares looking in during the raid.
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