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.”