OCEANSIDE, Cali. – A California gun store owner has refused to turn over his customer list to federal agents.
Dimitrios Karras owns Ares Armor, a shop that sells various parts to build a rifle from scratch.
KSWB reported federal agents were investigating the shop but not for the merchandise, for the customers.
Karras told KSWB the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms threatened to close the shop if he didn’t give the names of 5,000 patrons who have purchased the main parts to build an AR-15.
“They were going to search all of our facilities and confiscate our computer and pretty much shut our business down,” Karras told KSWB. “The government invades our privacy on a daily basis and everyone thinks it’s 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.”
The ATF recently sent gun shops letters demanding the products in question and the identities of the customers who bought them.
“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,” Karras said.
Before the threatened raid, Karras filed a restraining order against the ATF which temporarily keeps officials from confiscating his property.
If the ATF and the store don’t reach a compromise, they will meet in court March 20.