Federal agents raid gun parts stores in San Diego area, computers and parts seized

Owner of stores claims raids are retaliation

OCEANSIDE, Calif. - Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents raided two San Diego-area gun parts stores over the weekend, seizing 6,000 gun parts to make AR-15s and computers containing client information.

"For us to be treated the way we're being treated, as if we're criminals, is ludicrous, absolutely ludicrous," said Dimitrios Karras, owner of Ares Armor.

Karras told 10News ATF agents raided five of his properties around 11 a.m. Saturday. It started a week ago when Karras said agents asked him for client information. He refused and got a restraining order, anticipating the worst.

However, agents went around it, citing a criminal matter.

University of San Diego law professor Don Dripps said client information is never really protected.

"Whenever we deal with a business as consumers, we assume business records might be turned over by the business to the government," said Dripps.

10News reached out to ATF officials, but they had no comment Monday.

Karras said the ATF may be interested in his gun parts because people who build their own guns aren't required to have serial numbers.

Karras believes the raids were done out of retaliation because he's been talking to the media.

"It was explained to me that we had embarrassed them because we did file the temporary restraining order and the publicity that came from it," he said.

Karras plans to continue fighting the cause no matter the consequences.

Both sides are expected in court later this week to iron out the temporary restraining order.

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