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ATF agents point rifles in the doorway of Ares Armor as they break in. (Source: YouTube)
NATIONAL CITY, CA — When the ATF insisted a firearms parts retail shop hand over the names of 5,000 customers, the store owner refused and obtained a restraining order against the harassing agency. Nonetheless, gun-wielding ATF agents showed up in force, broke into the shop, cracked the safe, and stole client list and a large amount of merchandise.
Striking the Root
Throughout March, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF or BATFE) has been on a quest to stifle the business of anyone who carries a firearm part called the EP Armory 80% Billet Receiver. This is an fabricated polymer part that can be used as a component in building a firearm — a process that is very popular with enthusiasts across the country.
The part by itself is an arbitrary item with no firearm capability whatsoever. But the ATF has declared it to be a “regulated firearm” and not a firearm part. Even though this part has been in production and sold to hobbyists for years, the federal regulators began striking at shops who carried the part.
In early March they raided the home and business of the part’s creator, Chris Cook. Cook owns EP Armory in Bakersfield and was stunned to find federal agents swarming his home on March 7th. His business manufacturers parts only, and does not construct firearms at all.
Cook and all his employees were put into handcuffs while the agents stole his merchandise. They also confiscated his cell phone, laptop computer, and iPad.
The ATF then set its sights on stores that resold the “80 Percent” products.
The federal bullies contacted the owner of Ares Armor, a retail store, and demanded that he surrender all of his polymer receivers as well as the list of every customer who had purchased one. Revealing the names of 5,000 clients was no small request, and owner Dimitrios Karras refused to comply, saying that he was not willing to violate their privacy.
“I was advised that the BATFE had offered to forego obtaining a warrant if Ares Armor was willing …read more