A Birmingham man was charged with federal charges after authorities said he had a device to illegally convert a pistol into a machine gun.
A grand jury on Wednesday issued two indictments against 32-year-old Frederick Leonard Temple Jr., according to a joint announcement by a U.S. lawyer in northern Alabama. ATF Special Agent in charge of Prim Escalona and Mickey French.
According to the indictment, the Temple in January illegally owned a Glock 9mm pistol with a “Glock switch”. This is an aftermarket device designed to illegally convert a semi-automatic Glock pistol into a fully automatic machine gun.
From California to Texas, and across the country, federal prosecutors are prosecuting more suspects for possession of the Switch.
Matthew Beccio, ATF Field Office in Savannah, Georgia In April, he told ABC’s WJCL22 that the device was of particular concern. Due to the limited accuracy of the converted pistol, the intended target will not be injured, but other targets can be injured.
“We can’t control firearms effectively, so essentially their projectiles, their bullets, are fired indiscriminately and indiscriminately everywhere,” Betcho told television stations.
According to the Justice Department, Houston investigators associated Glock’s switch with a mass shooting that injured three police officers in January. Reported Fox 8 in New Orleans. California lawmakers have also called on the ATF to crack down on Glock Switch after six people were killed in Sacramento last month in a shooting that included a deadly device, TV stations reported.
A gun equipped with a Glock Switch can fire up to 1,100 ammunition per minute, ATF agent Tim Carroll told the television station. “Unless you take your finger off the trigger or run out of ammo in the magazine, you’ll continue to fire,” Carroll said.
ATF and Birmingham police investigated the case against Temple. Assistant United States Attorney Christie Peoples has been charged.
The maximum penalty for possessing a machine gun is 10 years in prison. The maximum penalty for receiving or possessing an unregistered firearm is 10 years in prison.