Owner of gun parts store says ATF tried to make secret deal for customer list: ‘Nobody will know’

The owner of a California gun parts store that was raided by Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives agents Saturday said that they tried to strike a secret deal with him for the names of his approximate 5,000 customers.

Ares Armor owner Dimitrios Karras told The Blaze in an interview that the agents had told him, “‘Listen, we know you’re a legitimate business. We know you’re doing everything fine. Hand over the list of names, hand over this particular product that we have now deemed to be a firearm and everything’s going to be fine. Nobody will know about it. It will be swept under the rug.’”

At issue was whether one of Ares’ product lines, a composite “80% lower receiver” for an AR-15 rifle, constituted a “firearm” under federal law.

“They have previously — and I’m not making this up — they’ve determined that a 14-inch piece of shoestring is a firearm,” he said.

Turning specifically to the composite incomplete lower receivers, Karras told The Blaze “they know for a fact that their information [of illegality] is wrong” but the agents nonetheless harassed the business “in an attempt to get customer information, which is private and should be protected.”

When Ares Armor refused to play along, the ATF executed its search warrant.

Watch the interview via The Blaze, then check out “Former Obama groupie burns her 2008 campaign T-shirt; tells off ‘criminal-in-chief’.”


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