Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) Agents of the Baltimore Field Office are raiding the premises belonging to buyers of Polymer80 frames and kits in larger numbers than normal.
Five special agents, led by Detective EE Schwartz of Anne Arundel County Police Department, appeared at the front doors of a co-owner of 2A Builds, a company specializing in the trading of unfinished 80% kits at gun shows in the mid-Atlantic region.
The company had recently acquired 65 frames from the U.S. Patriot Armory.
Agents and police wanted to search the owner’s house – who actually LET them
Despite not finding anything illegal, the agents wanted to seize the legally owned firearms.
The owner refused to bulge and refused to give his firearms acquired through legal means – but the police agents insisted on confiscating a P80&, a single kit, and two MCK stabilizers.
Yet, again, the owner refused the request and asked the agents to leave.
Cops Refused to Leave
The cops told him they would stay on his property until they could get a seizure warrant – prompting the owner to call his attorney.
The ATF backed off seeking a warrant and left, warning they would be coming back later with a warrant.
Detective EE Schwartz’s left his business card (badge: 1665) to the house owner and before leaving.
The AmmoLand News reported that according to sources, two additional visits were made by ATF to the dealers’ home selling unfinished frames.
In both cases, dealers told officials to leave their property without a warrant. Cops had no choice but to leave without being able to do a search of the properties.
Both dealers purchased items from U.S. Patriot Armory.
U.S. Patriot Armory did not hand any customer information to ATF or law enforcement agencies as per AmmoLand sources.
It is somewhat of a mystery how ATF received information about their customers.
My Suggestion: Stay Away from 80% Lower Receivers
I’ve never sold, purchased, or built 80% lower receivers in the history of my career in the gun world.
Any time a customer has asked about purchasing 80% lower receivers, I have always told them that I believe the ATF tracks those way more than they track normal guns.
This has been going on for a LONG time.
It’s just not worth the risk.