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Unlicensed Firearms Dealer Is Sentenced To Prison

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of North Carolina
The Defendant Illegally Sold Firearms, Including Ghost Guns and Machineguns

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Today, Desmon Taylor Moore, 24, of Charlotte, was sentenced to 37 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release on multiple firearms offenses, announced Dena J. King, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina.

Bennie Mims, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Charlotte Field Division, joins U.S. Attorney King in making today’s announcement.

According to filed court documents and court proceedings, between 2021 and March 2022, Moore engaged in the manufacturing and sale of firearms without a license. ATF agents investigating Moore determined that Moore illegally sold conversion devices (commonly known as “Glock switches”) which enable a semi-automatic handgun to function as an automatic.

Moore also engaged in the sale of multiple firearms and privately-made firearms (or “Ghost guns”), some of which had been converted into machineguns using the illegal conversion devices. Federal law prohibits the possession of machineguns and defines “machinegun” to include parts designed or intended for use in converting a weapon into a machinegun. According to court records, two undercover ATF agents also attended a class Moore taught on how to build privately-made firearms and install Glock switches.

On July 26, 2022, Moore pleaded guilty to multiple firearms offenses, including dealing and manufacturing firearms without a license, and possession and transfer of machineguns. Moore is currently in federal custody and will be transferred to the custody of the federal Bureau of Prisons.

In making today’s announcement, U.S. Attorney King thanked the ATF for their investigation of the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney David Kelly, of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Charlotte, prosecuted the case.

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Updated December 14, 2022

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