A Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agent who was involved in the armed raid on a California gun parts and accessories store this past weekend described the raid as “fun,” according to Ares Armor CEO Dimitrios Karras.
After Karras learned that the ATF wanted Ares’ customer list and inventory of composite “80% lower receivers” for AR-15 rifles, he obtained a temporary order which restrained the ATF from forcibly seizing the items.
However, after pressure from the Department of Justice, Judge Sammartino reversed the restraining order and armed ATF agents raided Ares Armor on Saturday, but not before interrogating customers outside the store.
Writing on the store’s official Facebook page, Karras said the ATF agents involved in the raid were clearly enjoying themselves.
“Quote from an ATF Agent during the raid “searching is fun! paper work sucks.” Maybe the ATF thinks the Constitution is part of that paper work that sucks… Despicable behavior on their part. This is just the beginning!” wrote Karras.
In a follow up post, Karras urged second amendment activists to contact their Congressmembers, noting that numerous representatives had already reached out to them.
“Riddle me this? Why would they execute a raid on a matter that is already in the courts hands before the hearing for preliminary injunction? Are they afraid of the facts? Criminals do not run to the courts for protection, criminals do not go to the media. They are wrong and they know it!” said Karras.
Now that the ATF has a list of people who purchased plastic receivers, which the ATF claims are illegal because they don’t contain serial numbers, thousands of people in California and elsewhere may be getting a knock on the door.
“If you have purchased an 80% lower receiver from a storefront location or over the Internet from any vendor, I think it is safe to assume that the federal government either has your customer data, or is in the process of trying to obtain your customer data,” writes Bob Owens.
The raid has also prompted a number of memes, which can be viewed below.