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Mississippi governor signs bill banning machine gun conversion devices

The use of machine gun conversion devices is on the rise across the U.S., according to the ATF (Photo from Getty Images)

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves has signed legislation making it illegal to manufacture, sell, or own machine gun conversion devices.

Often referred to as “Glock switches,” the devices allow users to convert semi-automatic guns into fully automatic machine guns. Under House Bill 903, authored by Republican Rep. Kevin Felsher of Biloxi, a sentencing of up to 10 years and a fine of up to $3,000 is possible for anyone caught with a machine gun conversion device.

“There’s a proliferation of Glock switches and auto sears which are turning regular pistols into machine guns that can fire up to 30 rounds in 2.6 seconds,” Felsher explained when presenting the bill in February. “Currently, it’s only a federal offense to possess a modified weapon without an appropriate license or stamp, so criminals in possession of these modified firearms can currently not be charged at a state or local level.”

Moms Demand Action, a grassroots organization against gun violence, celebrated the enactment of HB 903 as a win for public safety.

Mississippi becomes the 16th state to have its own laws against machine gun conversion devices.

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