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Trevaris Devar Kennedy
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Federal Firearms Charges Lodged, Suspect Arrested Monday

U.S. Attorney Dena J. King announced federal charges against two individuals charged via criminal indictments with possession of machinegun conversion devices, commonly known as “Glock switches.” One of the suspects is an Iredell County resident.

A Glock switch, or “auto sear,” is an illegal conversion device that enables a conventional semi-automatic pistol to function as a fully automatic firearm. Federal law prohibits the possession of a machinegun and defines as a machinegun the converted firearm or a device designed or intended for use in converting a firearm into a machinegun. Furthermore, under federal law, the conversion device is illegal and classified as a machinegun whether it is affixed to a firearm or not.

21-year-old Trevaris Devar Kennedy of Statesville is charged with possession of a machinegun and possession of a firearm by a felon. According to allegations in the indictment, on December 22, 2023, in Iredell County, Kennedy did knowingly possess a machinegun, that is a device intended to convert a semiautomatic handgun into a machinegun capable of fully automatic fire, without manual reloading, by a single function of the trigger.

The indictment further alleges that, on that date, Kennedy did illegally possess two Glock semi-automatic pistols, knowing he had been convicted of at least one crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year.

In the second case, a criminal indictment charges a Charlotte resident with possession of a machinegun. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Statesville Police Department handled the investigation into Kennedy. Assistant U.S. Attorney Shavonn Bennette is prosecuting the case.

Kennedy was arrested Monday morning (April 8) and was scheduled to have his initial court appearance in Charlotte today (April 9).

[News release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Western District of North Carolina]