Gun store owner had to file for a restraining order
OCEANSIDE, CA – The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives threatened to raid a gun shop and charge the owner with committing felonies after he refused to turn over information on which of his customers bought 80% AR-15 lower receivers.
80% lower receivers are not considered firearms, and therefore can be sold without undergoing a federal background check. Once bought, owners can complete milling out the lower receiver and build a complete firearm.
Under federal law, Americans are allowed to build a firearm for their own personal use without a serial number, but are not allowed to transfer or sell the gun to others.
“They said either give us these 5000 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,” said Dimitrios Karras, owner of Ares Armor. “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 its ok. This is one of those situations where hopefully the governmental institutions will come in say this is protected and no you’re not taking it from them.”
Karras filed for a restraining order against the ATF.