The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) raided the Ares Armor gun parts store last Saturday after a federal judge lifted a temporary restraining order against the ATF.
According to TheGunMag.com, a protest had been scheduled in support of the store at the same time the ATF agents suddenly showed up. The protesters filmed the ATF agents going into the store (video below).
Armed ATF agents raided the store because it was selling a plastic part (lower 80 percent) used to build assault weapons with guidelines on how to "drill out" the additional 20 percent in order to build an unregistered, non-serial-numbered AR-15.
The ATF also seized customer data from the National City, Calif. gun store, which the owner, Dimitrios Karras, tried to protect, noted NBC San Diego.
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“They said either give us these 5,000 names or we’re coming in and we’re pretty much taking everything, which is a huge, huge privacy concern and something we are not willing to do,” Karras said last week.
The raid came after U.S. District Judge Janis Lynn Sammartino clarified last Friday that the temporary restraining order filed against the ATF by Karras did not prevent the ATF from legally seizing the items.