Ares Armor, the company that refused to turn over 5,000 names of their customers to the ATF and also won a restraining order on Wednesday, and who turned the BATFE away on Thursday, is currently being raided by the ATF to get the customer’s list.
We don’t know if the ATF is legally raiding Ares as we do not know if they got the restraining order vacated. But regardless, a raid to gain customer names for buying a product used to build a legal product is scary.
As I am writing this, the ATF has raided Ares Armor, owned by Dimitrios Karras, of Oceanside, Ca. Karras had refused to turn over a list of 5,000 customers to the ATF last week. The privacy of his customers is being breached by the government hell-bent on wiping out the second amendment.
On Wednesday, Ares Armor was granted a restraining order against the ATF, preventing them from seizing files containing their customer lists along with a list of their purchases. No word yet on whether the ATF is violating that order or whether they have had the order rescinded. The restraining order was based on the fact that the BATFE (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms) had gotten a search warrant using false information. Karras made a statement after the order was granted:
“Our customer’s privacy is of the utmost importance to us. I cannot in good moral conscience turn over a list of names to the BATFE just because they unduly threaten us with an unjust raid based on information they KNOW TO BE FALSE! For the time we are SAFE! We were granted a Temporary Restraining Order against the BATFE on March 11th.”