Gun Owner Info Seized in Raid "Safe:" ATF

ATF agents raided Ares Armor in National City in March

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    Some San Diego-area gun shop customers are getting their first reassurances after claiming their personal information was taken in a raid by federal agents.

    Agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearm and Explosives (ATF) raided Ares Armor shops in March.

    Video shared with NBC 7 showed agents rushing into the store and removing computers and other items from the store in National City.

    At the time, customers of the gun parts store were concerned about what would happen to their personal information.

    Now, the ATF says it's taking appropriate steps to safeguard that info.

    The agency says it does not use the data for things unrelated to the investigation.

    One East County lawmaker said it appears the ATF is staying true to its word.

    "There will need to be constant oversight of the ATF to ensure there is no overreach or unlawful activity," said U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter (R) 50th District.

    According to the company's CEO, agents took Polymer 80% receivers and computers containing customer information.

    NBC 7 contacted ATF just after the raid and received this statement:

    "Ares Armor is under investigation for federal firearms violation. We served a lawful federal search warrant at a number of their businesses."