Local and federal government: 3D printed devices make handguns more dangerous

ST. LOUIS – An alarming trend for authorities is the deadly conversion devices they are increasingly seeing on the streets.

Agents recently arrested eight people in Cape Girardeau on charges of making machine guns.

“In 2022, ATF saw an approximately 500% increase in these types of aftermarket equipment,” said Brent Beavers, assistant special agent in charge, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. “It’s really important to say that these are devices that are not made by the arms manufacturers. They are made with 3D printers or bought overseas in China.”

Glock switches and aftermarket firearm parts have been confiscated by police in recent years, and the number has risen.

In 2019, the St. Louis police confiscated one such piece. Last year, the authorities confiscated 27 parts of the city.

Interim St. Louis Police Chief Michael Sack said the department had already seized three in 2023.

ShotSpotter, the citywide acoustic system that tracks the sounds of gunshots and fireworks, has seen a dramatic increase every year. In 2021, ShotSpotter recorded 66 cases of fully automatic fire. Over the past year, 339 separate events of fully automatic fire have been recorded.

ATF agents, St. Louis police officers and US attorneys join forces to show the public these illegal devices.

“We will use every statute, criminal provision, and sentencing method available to us should anyone choose to possess or use any of these conversion devices,” said US Attorney Sayler Fleming.

Anyone caught with such a device faces a federal prison sentence of at least 30 years in addition to other charges.

If you have seen someone with these devices, please contact the St. Louis Police Department, ATF, or the US Attorney’s Office.

https://fox2now.com/news/missouri/local-federal-authorities-3d-printed-devices-making-handguns-more-dangerous/ Local and federal government: 3D printed devices make handguns more dangerous

Sarah Y. Kim

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