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ATF Ignores Court Order, Raids Ares Armor Gun Stores

ATF Raids Ares Armor

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Just so we are clear, this is not my find. I was alerted to this story by America’s Watchtower as I was browsing my normal morning reading. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, better known as the ATF, is acting like so many of the other government agencies under President Obama. They are ignoring court orders and doing whatever they want to do. Come to think of it, that sounds just like the President himself.

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Here’s what has happened. The ATF was going after Ares Armor for allegedly selling illegal gun parts. The parts in question are polymer 80 percent lower receivers that can be used to build your own firearm. Ares Armor knew they were coming, but disputed the allegations that the receivers were illegal. They asked the court to stop the raid until it could be determined if the receivers were, in fact, illegal. The court issued an order to the ATF, telling them to hold off on the raid until the matter was settled. Ares Armor had locked the receivers in a closet and were not selling them to the public until the court settled the issue. The ATF ignored the court order and raided four Ares Armor stores, with guns drawn and during business hours.

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Now, as Paul Harvey used to say so well, here is the rest of the story. The receivers that were locked in the closet were not the only items seized by the ATF. No, they were after much more than that. Pay attention to the part I have emphasized.

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Fox 5 San Diego – With a search warrant in hand, federal agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives confiscated computers, customer lists and the questionable polymer 80 percent lower receivers from four Ares Armor store locations throughout San Diego County over the weekend.

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Am I the only one who thinks it is significant that the ATF seized the customer lists from these Ares Armor stores? If you do not, then consider this from the same story.

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“If anybody is a criminal organization that should be investigated, I think they should look in the mirror. We gave them a black eye publicly,” Karras said. “They tried to do an underhanded deal with us. They said, ‘Hey hush, hush. Keep it secret and nobody’s going to know that we took the customer list from you. Nobody’s going to know we took this from you.’

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If seizing the customer lists is no big deal, then explain to me why the ATF tried to get Ares Armor to stay silent and not tell anyone about the lists? It is a big deal because the customer lists are probably one of the reasons they raided the stores in the first place. But, they didn’t want us to know that, preferring us to believe they were really after the polymer receivers. Just like so many other government agencies, they would rather we not know their true purpose. I am a good speller and this spells INTIMIDATION in all caps.

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Remember how President Obama ignored the court order to lift the moratorium on drilling for oil in the Gulf of Mexico early in his presidency? Since then, we have seen a string of instances where the Obama administration has ignored what the courts have ordered them to do, unless it suited their purposes to do otherwise. This latest move by the ATF is just another example of an administration gone wild and doing their own thing. Never mind if it hurts America or her citizens. They have a higher purpose, such as restricting our 2nd Amendment rights and making sure we know our proper place.

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This is the America we probably deserve because so many of us ignored the facts about Obama and voted him into the White House. Not once, but twice. Gee, thanks to the rest of you who voted for him. What would we ever do without you?

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  • Thank for the link Larry. This is one of the scariest stories to come around in quite awhile because I think you are right about the reason why the ATF acted this way and what they were really after. There is no doubt in my mind they went in during working hours in order to send a message to gun owners all across the nation because they could have done this after hours and gotten what they wanted. And speaking of getting what they wanted, I also believe the customer lists were what the ATF was really after.
    And then there is the lawlessness of disobeying the court order. If they get away with this we can expect much more of it in the future. The police state is on the way!

    • EstablishmentByProxy

      Let’s hope what they did get is strongly encrypted and in no way circumventable. I figure that for being highly unlikely though the thought of such a thing thwarting the feds would make me smile for days on end.

    • They certainly had a purpose in mind by doing this raid the way they did. I distrust this administration more every day.

  • poptoy1949

    There is no doubt in my mind that the ATF raided the store for reason only. The reason was the Customer List. In the Long run this wil more than likely work out well for all Americans. Let me explain…..There is going to be one hell of a Law suit that will come from this and there is no way in Hell the ATF is going to win it. When this happens this one court case will be referred to more and more in the future and it will not help those that belong to the government. This could be a blessing in disguise.

    • I hope and pray you are right. I just can’t bring myself to believe anything good can come of the events we are seeing unfold in our country. I am not usually pessimistic, but this administration is getting on my nerves.

      • EstablishmentByProxy

        LD, you know the old maxim “the more you know, the angrier you’ll be” has a flip side practiced by most folks: “turtle up and be happy”. Trouble is, it’s hard to unlearn what open eyes have revealed.

        • Yeah, it’s hard to shut my eyes and not see what I am seeing.

  • SirPublius

    Coolidge had something to say about this I think. He said, “No plan of centralization has ever been adopted which did not result in bureaucracy, tyranny, reaction, and decline of all forms of government those administered by bureaus are about the least satisfactory for an enlightened and progressive people. Being irresponsible they become autocratic and being autocratic they resist all development. Unless buraucracy is constantly resisted it breaks down representative govrnment and overwhelms democracy. It is the one element in our institutions that sets up a pretense of having authority over everybody and being responsible to no one.” The ATF is certainly a bureaucracy. And like many govt. bureaucracies, they concern themselves above all else with maintaining their power and needlessly and recklessly asserting themselves if and when they are ever challenged by anyone. Personally, I think a lot of these bureaucrats were probably picked too much when they were kids, and now its THEIR turn! They get drunk on power, unable to restrain themselves. They’re so used to being the law they think they are above it. They don’t act the part of being a public servant. No, their role as they see it it one of oversight, with immunity, being that they are government employees.

    • SirPublius

      THIS is why we need to limit govt. Great example of it.

      • That is a simple, yet profound statement.

    • Coolidge was right. All of this bureaucratic nonsense is killing America.

  • The ATF is part of the Executive Branch, which Obama has already said does not have to answer to Congress or the Courts. Even if a court orders the ATF to stop conducting raids like this who has the power to stop them if they choose to ignore the court? How do you police the federal police?

    • This may become the test case mentioned in a previous comment.

  • Irrational

    Well, I hate to say it, but many conservative Americans, scared out of their wits by 9/11, decided to give up some freedom for some security. I remember when I was telling my conservative friends to rise up against the Patriot Act and the expansion of police powers, they told me I was a kook.
    Nowadays, being a kook is all the rage. Many of those same conservative friends are Tea Partiers and have more tinfoil hats than I could ever have.
    One day,The People will have to fight this gov. It cannot be handled in court or via electoral politics.

    • EstablishmentByProxy

      To my knowledge, we remain at this very moment, over 13 years hence, in a congressionally declared state of emergency – curtailing the recognition of sundry protections we all presume to have, but more often discover these days to be absent. Congress re-authorizes this annually. “What up with that?”

    • I could not agree more. We have given away many of our rights, all in the name of security. That is a sad, but evident truth.

  • Steven Birn

    They wanted those customer lists because they have every intention of investigating those people for illegal firearms. This raid had nothing to do with Ares Armor’s sale of allegedly illegal parts. It’s about harassing gun owners.

  • EstablishmentByProxy

    Repeal of the 1934 NFA and all its follow-on court supported infringements is the sole resolution I see as viable.

    ATF is a regulator and, like the IRS with its kangaroo court system, is willing to reshape their own plain language findings as it suits them from day to day. At least they don’t have their own courts, but this case makes it seem like they do and with AG Holder at the DoJ, they may even take guns out for a ‘walk’ from time to time… ATF can also throw you in federal slammer for possession of an unregistered full automatic trigger components, which is evidently a high crime of atomic arrangement and ‘intent’ or some such Orwellian pre-crime hog-wash. The same parts are of no concern in the hands of the more equal animals (aka our law/military agents).

    A similar recent case I’m aware of was the ATF’s confiscation of computers/documentation (customer lists no doubt) and ammunition from Elite Ammunition a couple years back. I’m on EA’s customer list, but no raid on me just yet… In that case, ATF decided that a certain brass bullet construction was not allowable even though the very same material is allowable in other gun applications and still available for sale to the general public. They are consummate hypocrites, like most regulators eventually become. Elite also had some kind of variance letter if I recall correctly, and I’m not sure that Ares even had that much.

    Back to that 1934 NFA topic, the SCOTUS at the time prevented a lower court from overturning it as they turned a blind eye to their own knowledge of the deceptive language contained in the bill (as applied to short barreled shotguns). Message: if our rulers want a certain outcome, they will by hook or by crook, get it. No need to let reality stop them given that their is no direct consequence for such open bias to be had. Kinda reminds me of calling a penalty a tax…o the tangled webs we weave…