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F-Troop Seeks Customer List, “80 Percent” Receivers
By Harold Hutchison

Despite a restraining order, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives raided Ares Armor, a company that sells “80 percent lower receivers” to the general public. The raid came on the heels of a second raid targeting EP Armory, which made similar products.

The raids, both of which occurred last week, generated much concern. Under federal law, the “80 percent lower receivers” are not considered firearms, and may be legally sold without background checks. EP Armory had designed one such 80 percent lower receiver using polymers that were reinforced by Kevlar, which only required a pair of drill bits and a Dremel power tool to complete.

ATF’s raid on EP Armory lead Ares Armor to file for a restraining order, with the founder and CEO, Dimitrios Karras, stating, “I am now in constant fear for the safety of my employees, my customers and myself.” On 11 March, the order was granted, but ATF alleged that Ares Armor was selling illegal firearms, in a response. The raid took place on 15 March, and on its Facebook page, Ares Armor stated, “Our computers, paperwork, inventory and more was all taken.”

The raids have lead to speculation that the ATF is trying to get a list of gun owners. While Ares Armor admitted they have not seen the affidavit for the warrant, saying “we do know they were trying to bully us into giving them our list willingly so we can only assume their true intention is to access private information.”