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Machine gun adapting switches illegal under new Indiana law

A view of the Indiana Statehouse. (WISH Photo)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana law now makes it illegal for anyone to possess devices for adapting a firearm into a machine gun.

Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb on Thursday signed a bill expanding state law to include so-called Glock switches that are already illegal under federal law. Police officials say such switches can convert a semi-automatic gun into one that shoots continuously while the trigger is pressed, firing dozens of bullets within a few seconds.

The Indiana House and Senate both by wide margins approved banning the gun switches even as the Republican-dominated Legislature has eased many gun laws in recent years, including repealing the state’s handgun permit requirement in 2022. The new law took effect immediately.

Supporters said the broader state law was needed so local police weren’t forced to rely on federal prosecutors pressing charges in such cases. People with such gun switches could now face felony charges under the state law making machine gun possession illegal.

Democratic Rep. Mitch Gore, who is a Marion County sheriff’s department captain, pushed for making the switches illegal, saying they can be made on 3-D printers and have been used in several Indiana shootings this year.

“When police respond to these shootings, they are quite literally being outgunned,” Gore said.