Federal ATF officers search new Bakersfield armory and home

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives searched a business and Bakersfield home Friday.

EP Armory is owned by Chris Cook. The business opened a storefront March 1 on District Boulevard near Gosford Road.

The store was closed today while agents searched it.

A home belonging to Chris Cook on Holabird Avenue was also searched.

"Obviously when somebody is going through all of your personal things it's pretty unnerving," said EP Armory owner Chris Cook.

The ATF was not able to provide information on the on-going investigation. Grahm Barlowe with the ATF declined to comment on why the store was targeted or exactly what agents were looking for.

Cook said agents told him they were looking for illegal firearms.

The ATF did not prohibit EP Armory from reopening and they did so around 5:30 p.m. Friday.

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