Privacy news from California:
Dimitrios Karras owns Ares Armor in Oceanside, where people can buy various gun pieces to build their own rifle.
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According to Fox 5 San Diego, it is legal to build a rifle from scratch without serial numbers if the base is manufactured to specifications outlined by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
A manufacturer for Ares Armor made thousands of 80 percent receivers in plastic with indicators that show customers exactly where to drill. ATF said the receivers are illegal and demanded Mr. Karras hand over the inventory and the names of the 5,000 customers who purchased them.
He agreed to handing over the products, but not the names of his customers.
“They said either give us these 5,000 names or we are coming in and taking pretty much anything — which is a huge privacy concern and something we are not willing to do,” Mr. Karras told the station.
It’s impossible not to think that the Feds want names to compare against medical records in order to justify confiscation — or worse.