How to Legally Own a Glock Switch (Expert Guide)

Stay out of prison & legally own a Glock switch

Glock switches have become rapidly prevalent and widely available in the last few years. However, those legally owning a Glock switch or understanding the surrounding laws are less common.

Glock switches, also known as auto sears, are devices that can be attached to a Glock pistol to convert it into a fully automatic weapon.

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Glock switches at first were mostly purchased from Chinese sellers marketing them as innocuous items, then machined with simple tools at home, but these days most are easily 3D printed.

Cook County Sheriff’s police recently arrested two people accused of buying switches from China. Both are now facing felony gun charges.

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For those who wish to legally own a Glock switch, there are a few steps that must be taken.

To legally own a Glock switch, gun owners must go through the proper paperwork and background checks.

This includes obtaining the necessary licenses or permits required to purchase a Glock switch, as well as ensuring that the gun owner meets the age and other legal requirements for purchasing a handgun in their state.

It is also important to keep up with local laws and regulations, as they can vary from state to state.

It is also important to note that possessing an illegal Glock switch can result in serious consequences, including a $250,000 fine and up to 10 years in prison.

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What is a Glock Switch?

A Glock switch, also known as a Glock auto-sear, is a small device that can be attached to the rear of the slide of a Glock handgun. It is designed to convert a semi-automatic pistol into a machine pistol capable of fully automatic fire. As a type of auto sear, it functions by applying force to the trigger bar to prevent it from limiting fire to one round of ammunition per trigger pull.

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The installation of a Glock switch is highly regulated and requires a ton of “red tape”. In most countries, owning a Glock switch is illegal without proper licensing. In the United States, for example, a gun owner must have a federal firearm license to own and operate a Glock switch legally.

While the Glock switch is a popular modification among gun enthusiasts, it is important to note that the use of a Glock switch can be dangerous and is not recommended for inexperienced shooters. The ability to fire multiple rounds in rapid succession can lead to loss of control and increased risk of injury.

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Furthermore, the use of a Glock switch may also damage the firearm and cause it to malfunction. It is important to consider the potential risks and consequences before attempting to install or use a Glock switch.

Legalities of Glock Switch Ownership

Glock switches are a type of firearm accessory that allows semi-automatic weapons to fire in fully automatic mode. While the possession and use of Glock switches are legal in some jurisdictions, they are illegal in others. It is important to understand the laws and regulations surrounding Glock switch ownership to avoid legal consequences.

Federal Law

Under federal law, Glock switches are classified as machine guns and are subject to the regulations of the National Firearms Act (NFA). The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) is responsible for enforcing the NFA and regulating the possession, transfer, and making of machine guns.

To legally own a Glock switch, an individual must first obtain a federal firearms license and pay the required tax stamp. The individual must also undergo a background check and submit paperwork to the ATF. Failure to comply with these regulations can result in severe legal penalties.

State and Local Laws

In addition to federal law, state, and local laws also regulate the possession and use of Glock switches. Some states have outright bans on machine guns, while others allow them with certain restrictions. It is important to research the laws in your area to ensure compliance with local regulations.

Penalties for Illegal Possession

Possession of a Glock switch without the proper licensing and paperwork is illegal and can result in severe legal consequences. The penalties for illegal possession of a Glock switch can include fines of up to $250,000 and up to 10 years in prison.

It is important to note that even possessing a Glock switch component without installing it on a firearm can be considered illegal. Criminals often use the marketplace to sell illegal firearm accessories, and it is important to avoid purchasing these items to avoid legal consequences.

How to Legally Obtain a Glock Switch

Proper Paperwork and Licensing

Before attempting to obtain a Glock switch, it is important to understand the laws and regulations surrounding firearms ownership in your state.

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Standard Glock Vs Glock w/ Switch

Proper paperwork and licensing are required to legally own a Glock switch. This includes a background check and obtaining a Federal Firearms License (FFL) from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF).

The National Firearms Act (NFA) regulates the possession of machine guns, including Glock switches. To legally own a Glock switch, an individual must submit the following:

  1. Application to the ATF
  2. Fingerprints
  3. Photographs
  4. $200 tax payment

Once approved, the individual will receive a tax stamp, which must be kept with the Glock switch at all times.

It is also noted that approval times can take from 6 months to over a year.

Building Your Own Glock Switch

Building your own Glock switch is legal only if you have obtained approval and finished all of the above requirements with the ATF.

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Granted you have all the paperwork you would be able to use a 3D printed Glock Switch or even an AR15 “swift link” auto sear.

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Buying a Glock Switch

It is important to note that owning a Glock switch does not make a Glock pistol a machine gun.

The switch itself is what is considered a machine gun.

The Glock pistol will still function in semi-automatic mode, and the Glock switch will only allow for rapid-fire in short bursts.

In conclusion, obtaining a Glock switch legally requires proper paperwork, licensing, and background checks.

Building your own Glock switch is legal but also requires all of the necessary paperwork.

If you follow the law, have patience, and can get all of the required paperwork to the ATF, your dream of mag dumping 30 rounds at a time is possible!

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