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Gun enthusiasts build their own weapons

SAN DIEGO – As gun sales  skyrocket across the country, an Oceanside shop that let’s you build your own guns says its business is booming too.

Ares Armor offers gun enthusiasts a novel way  to exercise their 2nd Amendment right to bare arms. A little known loop hole in decades-old gun control legislation allows a person to build a gun and walk out of the store the same day without going through registration or government background checks.

“Under Gun Control Act of 1968, an individual can make a weapon for personal use, but not for sale or distribution,” said Ares Armor owner Dimitrios Karras. It’s legal and his business is through the roof.  “We are flooded with orders right now,” he said.

“I like to own my own gun,” said one customer. “I don’t like nobody telling me I can’t own my own gun.”

Ares Armor allows customers to buy all the parts needed to build a weapon. Their best seller and most popular gun is the AR-15 semi-automatic rifle.

Luis Perez has built several guns and demonstrated his newest purchase to Fox 5 Tuesday.

“I got the lower receiver and special round. It’s different than your normal gun — a little project I’m working on now,” said Perez, who enjoys building things with his hands. He said it reminds him of childhood. “Just watching something being built, like when you’re a kid and you got LEGO blocks.”

It’s not as easy as one may think. Karras is only allowed to sell the parts because they are not considered firearms under the law.

“This area right here will be  milled out and that’s where your actual trigger assembly is going to go, inside of there to make it a firearm,”  Karras said. “At this stage, it’s literally a paperweight, and this is the main item in the process.”

The owner remains anonymous and the gun is untraceable, but Ares won’t sell to just anyone, especially not convicted felons.

“If we even get wind that you’re a felon, we are going to contact somebody about it,” said Karras. “Obviously, there’s a certain sense of responsibility that goes along with firearm ownership, and we are going above and beyond that.”


16 Comments to “Gun enthusiasts build their own weapons”

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    January 30, 2013 at 8:06 AM

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    Paul Morris said:
    January 30, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    The 2nd Amendment gives people the right to "BEAR" arms, not "Bare" arms. anyone can 'bare' their arms!

      Mandatory Field said:
      January 30, 2013 at 6:26 PM

      There's a pun in here about arming bears somewhere

    Jesse said:
    January 30, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    Paul, you need to go back to grade school. Look up the meanings of "bare" and "bear" in the dictionary.

      Dave said:
      January 30, 2013 at 3:37 PM

      Jesse, you may want to do the same – check out http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bear and scroll down to where it is listed as a verb.

      HAHAHAHA said:
      January 31, 2013 at 6:55 AM

      HAHAHAHAHA! You don't know how to spell. Just like the writer.

    nick said:
    January 30, 2013 at 4:04 PM

    Stupid reporters. All it takes to build an AR is a lower receiver, a parts kit, upper receiver, barrel, hand guard + nut, and flash hider of some sort. Any store that sells guns can get you all the parts.

    getaclue said:
    January 31, 2013 at 5:50 AM

    She doesn't know what shes talking about. You have to get the lower registered which involves a background check. Who pays these people?

      John said:
      January 31, 2013 at 8:08 AM

      Completely wrong, thanks for playing.

      No registration on guns you make yourself. It's also not "little known" this is a tremendous market with millions of customers.

      T. C. Harper said:
      January 31, 2013 at 9:25 AM

      “You have to get the lower registered which involves a background check.” – This only applies to finished lower receivers – these are UNfinished, which still require machining to their final shape to be used. The individual purchaser is doing the finish work and the receiver is not being sold to another party, therefore no registration is required. This facet of the law will be more & more prominent as computerized machining and 3-D printing becomes more accessible to individuals; the program files for making receivers from scratch are already out there…

    Will said:
    January 31, 2013 at 6:13 AM

    You have the right to bare arms if you have been pumping iron.

    mike said:
    January 31, 2013 at 9:32 AM

    Anyone want tickets to the gun show?

    jack money said:
    January 31, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    I want the right to bear bare arms.

    Anon said:
    February 24, 2013 at 12:44 PM

    Until Sharia Law is implemented, I'll have the right to bare arms. The 2nd amendment gives me the right to bear arms. I won't let the government take either right away.

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