The CEO of a gun parts store in California on Monday accused the ATF of trying to obtain the names of nearly 5,000 of his customers by striking a secret deal with him.
Agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives “basically said, ‘Listen, we know you’re a legitimate business. We know you’re doing everything fine. Hand over the list of names, hand over this particular product that we have now deemed to be a firearm and everything’s going to be fine. Nobody will know about it. It will be swept under the rug,’” Ares Armor owner Dimitrios Karras said.
Trouble for the business owner started after the ATF ruled that a particular type of 80 percent lower receiver carried by Ares Armor in National City, Calif., failed to meet the agency’s exact specifications.
The receivers in question, which are used in the construction of AR-15 rifles, have been deemed illegal and are being rounded by the federal agency.