Federals: semi-automatic devices transformed into machine guns

JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) — A Mississippi man has pleaded guilty to three counts in a case involving the use of a 3D printer to create devices that turn semi-automatic weapons into machine guns, officials said Friday. federal officials.

According to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Federal law classifies conversion devices – called “auto-sears” – as machine guns, according to the statement.

“The use of 3D printers to illegally manufacture firearms and to manufacture devices to convert semi-automatic firearms into machine guns poses a real and ongoing threat to our communities,” said Special Agent Kurt Thielhorn. responsible for the ATF.

Newhouse is expected to be sentenced Dec. 2, according to the statement from Thielhorn and U.S. Attorney Darren J. LaMarca.

The maximum prison sentence for possessing a firearm as a felon is 15 years, with a maximum of 10 years for illegally manufacturing firearms as a business. Each may also be liable for a fine of $250,000.

Newhouse sold several conversion devices and a firearm to a confidential informant on July 13, and additional firearms and self-grippers were found at his home on July 20, the statement said.

Court documents indicate that Newhouse owned firearms on those dates and manufactured firearms as a business from April through July, according to the press release.

Newhouse had been charged Aug. 2 to the charges to which he pleaded guilty on Thursday, as well as possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, according to online court records.

Newhouse was convicted of criminal sale of controlled substances in Madison County in 2009.

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