Rochester, New York Known as an automatic sear, a small device that turns a gun into a machine gun.
Police also call them “switches” and “converters” and they are always illegal in New York State. Not only can you find autoshear in guns in our city, but a local man is also accused of manufacturing and selling it, so he got an ATF to demonstrate how it works.
Special Agent Sean Martinek is a gun expert. When he fired the semi-automatic Glock Service his weapon, he fired one bullet each time he pulled the trigger. But when he fired a similar Glock fitted with an autosear and an extended magazine, he fired 28 rounds in a matter of seconds.
“As you can see from the demonstration, bullets are flying everywhere,” Special Agent Martinek said. “So now we are harming the general public and the public as well.”
See an extended version of the demo below.
Before the demonstration, Martinek showed us what a car sear looks like. It’s about the size of a dice.
Breen: “This kind of thing is never legal under any circumstances.”
Sean Martinek, ATF Special Agent: “Correct. This switch in itself, any of these switches in itself, is considered a machine gun.”
Breen: “Are you legally considered to have a machine gun?”
This year, we have an auto-sear device in our city. Police say they found an arsenal of guns in July when they arrested three gang members hired from Boston to Rochester to murder a rival drug dealer.
One of the men arrested was Kelvin Vickers Jr., accused of firing 17 shots, killing RPD officer Tony Mazurkiewicz, shooting his partner Shino Sen, and hitting a 15-year-old girl with a stray bullet. It has been.
Tamiah Walker is that 15 year old. Police say she was not shot with a gun that caused her to burn, but she is an example of what gun violence has done to our city.She was shot sitting at home with her family. rice field.
“I was really scared at first,” Walker said in July. “It was just a shock.
Breen: “What are you doing about it?”
Martinek, Special Agent ATF: “As soon as we hear about someone having these things, especially ATF, we notice it.
Breen: “And with the advent of 3D printers, people are more likely to manufacture them, sell them, and put them out there.”
Martinek: “Unfortunately, it’s definitely a possibility.”
That’s what the 32-year-old man from Brockport is accused of doing.
Shane Scaccia is in federal custody for using a 3D printer to manufacture and sell plastic car seals in her apartment. He sold eight of his sears for $30, and he was just over $3 a piece, according to the federal complaint.
Scaccia was arrested in April 2021. His latest hearing in October has been cancelled. His attorney, Matthew Lembke, declined to speak on camera about the case for this article.
I asked Special Agent Martinek what the public thought after seeing his demonstration with autoshear.
“How dangerous,” he said. “In a community plagued by gun violence, how dangerous is the already dangerous gun autoshear and how it takes it to another level.”
There is no data to indicate the exact number of homes hit by bullets.
However, at least 20 cases have been reported this year. Police said some homes were “sprayed” with gunfire.
And in at least half of those cases, children were at home, including a 10-year-old in a few cases in April and a 15-year-old Tamaia Walker in July.
Breen: “Do you think any of these houses that are being gunned down are gunned down with these devices?”
Lt. Greg Bello, RPD: I can’t imagine how many criminals have been caught with these guns in the last few months that they haven’t been used to shoot homes. ”
Two guns with sears attached to the guns have been recovered since July, according to the RPD.
ATF does not disclose the number of cases. But a study by The Trace and VICE News found 260 and 1,000 vehicle damage repairs over the past five years.click here to read that report.