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Indiana's Glock switch law closes gap between state, federal courts

The bill got bipartisan support in both chambers, and Gov. Eric Holcomb signed it into law April 20.

Travis Breese

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Published: 6:47 PM EDT April 20, 2023
Updated: 6:47 PM EDT April 20, 2023

The use of 3D printers and online black markets have led to an increase in dime-sized handgun attachments in both Indiana and Kentucky. The device, most commonly called a "Glock switch", takes a gun that usually fires semiautomatic and allows it to fire about 30 rounds in two seconds.

“That’s what’s changed. The technology and the availability to put machine guns in everybody’s hands," Zachary Myers, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Indiana, said.

The Columbus Field Office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), which oversees Indianapolis, does not track the number of Glock switches seized, but Myers said they have been increasing, especially with juveniles.

“Unfortunately, we’re seeing more and more of these in the hands of children, and teenagers. And we have to do what we can to get these off the streets to make the public safer," he said.

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The green device is a 3D-printed Glock switch. The black device is believed to have been shipped to the US from abroad.

Myers' office has officially charged five adults for possessing, selling or transporting Glock switches in the Southern District of Indiana since August. 

He said the actual number of people charged is much higher, but they were charged with an additional firearms, drug trafficking or assault charge, and the Glock switch was not the main thing they were charged for.

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