☷Las Vegas Man Charged for Unlawfully Manufacturing and Selling Privately Made Firearms Including Machine Gun Conversion Devices Without a Federal Firearms License
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives ( By Press Release office)
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LAS VEGAS – A Las Vegas man made his initial appearance in federal court yesterday for allegedly possessing a machine gun , and for allegedly engaging in the manufacturing and selling of privately made firearms , including machine gun conversion devices commonly referred to as “Glock Switches” — which are designed to convert semi - automatic pistols to fire automatically — without a Federal Firearms License ( FFL ) . Clarence Meekins ( 36 ) is charged with one count of illegal possession of a machine gun and one count of engaging in the business of dealing and manufacturing firearms without a license . A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for May 17 , 2022 , before U . S . Magistrate Judge Daniel J . Albregts . According to allegations in the complaint , between March 23 and April 11 , 2022 , Meekins sold privately made 3 - D printed firearms and Glock Switches . On April 28 , 2022 , law enforcement executed search warrants on Meekins’ vehicle and residence . During the searches , law enforcement seized a rifle , a shotgun , a . 38 revolver , 3 - D printers , machine gun conversion devices , 3 - D pistol frames , and various magazines and ammunition . Meekins does not have an FFL , which is required to engage in the business of dealing or manufacturing firearms . Meekins has prior felony convictions in Nassau County , New York , including possession of a controlled substance , Hobbs Act robbery , and brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence . Accordingly , federal law prohibits him from possessing firearms or ammunition . The statutory maximum penalties are 10 years in prison for illegal possession of a machine gun , and five years in prison for engaging in the business of dealing or manufacturing firearms without a license . Acting U . S . Attorney Christopher Chiou for the District of Nevada and Special Agent in Charge Patrick Gorman for the Bureau of Alcohol , Tobacco , Firearms and Explosives ( ATF ) made the announcement . This case was investigated by the ATF . Assistant U . S . Attorney Allison Reese is prosecuting the case . A complaint is merely an allegation , and every defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law . San Francisco Field Division
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