As it is plainly obvious from some of my past articles, I own an EP Armory 80% lower that I completed the machining on and have assembled. As such, all this secrecy and lack of communication by the ATF in regards to their serving of search warrants at both the EP Armory store and at Ares Armor, has left me wondering when I can expect a letter in the mail from them, or worse, a knock at my door.
Yesterday, I received an email from EP Armory with an update, at least from their perspective, and I felt I should share it. It contains a few links that, if you care to follow, will offer some more detail.
Our Loyal EP Armory Customers,
We have been going through some tough times here at EP Armory lately as the result of an ATF investigation into our polymer precursor receiver product (aka polymer “80% lower”). The investigation has hurt our sales, and we’ve been swamped with emails and phone calls asking about the situation and the legal status of our product. There has been lots of speculation, and rumors are going around. A lot of the information out there is wrong.
We want to set the record straight, but as hard as we have tried, we simply haven’t been able to respond to each inquiry individually. We hope this message, and information that has been published or will soon be published by our attorneys at Michel & Associates, P.C. will help answer some of these questions. You can access the available information about this investigation, related investigations, and a bunch of other helpful information, HERE.
ATF offices throughout the state of California and across the country have also gotten lots of calls from concerned citizens seeking direction relating not only to the legality of the sales of EP Armory’s product, but to “80% lowers” in general. And they aren’t happy with the vague “answers” they’re (not) getting from ATF.
Although EP Armory has been largely silent so far about the actions of ATF regulators in mischaracterizing our polymer precursor lower receiver product as a “firearm,” we have been taking concrete actions to protect both our interests, and the privacy rights of our customers. Our lawyers have been and are working hard on our, and our customers’, behalf. They are in discussions with representatives from the highest levels of the ATF to resolve the outstanding legal issues regarding our polymer precursor receiver product, and to get our property and records returned to us as soon as possible. Through these ongoing discussions with ATF officials, ATF lawyers, and lawyers with the United States Attorney’s Office our lawyers at Michel& Associates, P.C. hope to convince the ATF investigators that these polymer precursor receivers are not “firearms” under the law, should not be regulated as such, that these investigations should be concluded, and the seized records and property returned.
We need your support to win this fight! To help us fund and win this legal battle, we will set up an “EP Armory Legal Defense Fund.” We ask. . . Once we win our fight to resume sales of our EP80 polymer lower non-firearm, we will promptly ship EP80′s! You can be among the first to receive a Polymer 80% Receiver once the legal issues are resolved. And we are confident that they will be back! Of course, if you would prefer to support us by purchasing another of our products, we still have the entire remainder of our product line available, including our aluminum 80% lower receivers, which the ATF has not mischaracterized as “firearms” under the law, and which were not seized. You can order our products HERE. We appreciate your support!
From the front lines in the fight for the right to keep and bear arms,
The ATF still has not issued a formal statement regarding this whole situation. I have been trying to stay as up to date with this whole situation as best I can. In that regard, I attempted to submit a request for information about this situation via the ATF’s press contact links, but it appears the ATF’s website was built by the same geniuses that built the Obamacare website. In other words, the link is dead…
Unfortunately, I have no solid information that I can pass on, but rest assured, as soon as I do, you will see it here.