Man Convicted of Selling Devices to Make Automatic Guns

This June 29, 2016, file photo shows guns on display at a gun store in Miami.
This June 29, 2016, file photo shows guns on display at a gun store in Miami.
AP Photo/Alan Diaz, File

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A federal jury has convicted a Utah man of illegally importing and selling devices to convert semi-automatic handguns into fully automatic weapons.

Gary Mark Hill, a 42-year-old former investment banker, was accused of importing from China and selling conversion devices for Glock handguns in Utah without having paid a special occupation tax or registering as required by law, prosecutors said.

The conversion devices are known as Glock auto switches "are parts designed solely and exclusively for the purpose of converting a semi-automatic handgun into a machine gun,” according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Utah.

Hill sold multiple devices to three undercover Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents in February and March 2017, authorities said. A search warrant of his car and home found 11 more conversion devices, authorities said.

“There are few transactions more dangerous than an anonymous and unregulated exchange of cash for machine guns,” U.S. Attorney John Huber said in a statement Wednesday.

He faces up to 10 years in federal prison. A sentencing date is scheduled for March 5.

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