[Ed. – ATF wants a list it’s not entitled to: of customers who haven’t bought guns or ammo.]
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) apparently wants the customer list of Ares Armor, a store that sells gun parts in Oceanside, California. But it’s not going to get it without a fight.
According to Fox 5 San Diego, store owner Dimitrios Karras says the ATF threatened to shut his business down. However, it didn’t do so because of what he sells. Instead, it wants his customer list – and he’s not budging.
Specifically, Karras alleges the agency wants a list of customers who purchased an 80 percent lower receiver. That’s the base of an AR-15.
“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 Karras, according to the report.
As noted in the report, it is legal to build a rifle from scratch if it is built to ATF specifications. And the base is not considered a firearm if it is sold separately.
Regardless, Karras is willing to hand over the lower receivers. However, he will not hand over his client list.
“The government invades our privacy on a daily basis and everyone thinks its [sic] ok,” Karras told Fox 5 San Diego. “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.”
In the mean time, Karras has filed a temporary restraining order against the ATF to prevent a raid.