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Separate Indictments Charge Two Individuals With Possession Of A Machinegun

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of North Carolina
In Both Cases, the Defendants Allegedly Possessed Illegal Conversion Devices Known as “Glock Switches,” with One Device Affixed to a Ghost Gun

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – 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.”

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.

Trevaris Devar Kennedy, 21, of Statesville, N.C., is charged with possession of a machinegun and possession of a firearm by a felon. Kennedy was arrested this morning and will have his initial appearance in Charlotte on Tuesday, April 9, at 10:20 a.m. 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 Tiquavion Davonta Ervin, 21, of Charlotte, with possession of a machinegun. As alleged in the indictment, on July 25, 2023, in Mecklenburg County, Ervin knowingly and willfully possessed a machinegun, that being a 9x19mm caliber handgun of undetermined origin, also known as a ghost gun, manufactured utilizing a Polymer80 brand kit and affixed with a Glock switch.

The charges contained in these indictments are allegations and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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.

The ATF and the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department investigated Ervin’s case. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney (SAUSA) William Wiseman of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Charlotte is prosecuting the case. Mr. Wiseman is a state prosecutor with the office of the 26th Prosecutorial District and was assigned by District Attorney Spencer Merriweather to serve as a SAUSA with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Charlotte. Mr. Wiseman is sworn in both state and federal courts. The SAUSA position is a reflection of the partnership between the District Attorney’s Office and the U.S. Attorney’s Office. 

Both cases are part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. In July 2022, as part of PSN, the U.S. Attorney’s Office launched Think Again, a local initiative aiming to raise awareness about gun crimes and illegal firearms purchasing or misuse and to increase the reporting of illegal firearms activity to law enforcement.





Updated April 8, 2024

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