Congressmen want answers about ATF raid on gun store

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SAN DIEGO — Two San Diego congressmen want to know why federal agents raided an Oceanside gun parts store last weekend and what the government plans to do with the computers and customer lists it confiscated.

Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Alpine) sent a letter to the director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Friday asking for information about the raid on Ares Armor last Saturday. The store owner had been granted an injunction by a judge to prevent the raid, but BATFE agents served a search warrant on the business anyway.


In a letter to BATFE Director Todd Jones, Issa asked

  • why customer information unrelated to the investigation was collected,
  • what BATFE intends to do with the data,
  • how BATFE will insure that the customer data remains confidential.

Another member of the San Diego congressional delegation, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista) has also expressed concerns over the raid. Issa said he wants BATFE officials to explain what the investigation is about.

“It’s concerning when you have the ATF disregard an injunction and get another judge to sign a warrant, so I want to see what happened,” Issa told Fox 5 Thursday. “Tomorrow members of my staff will be sitting down with officials to see why they raided that shop, and I’m deeply concerned about the collection of customer lists who have nothing to do with the controversy.”

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