From The Tribune staff reports
BIRMINGHAM — A Birmingham man was indicted on gun charges this week.
According to the United States Department of Justice (USDOJ), David Jermaine Lake, 31, of Vance, had a two-count indictment filed against him, charging him with possession of a machine gun and receipt of an unregistered firearm.
The indictment states that in March 2022, Lake illegally possessed a Glock 9mm pistol equipped with a “Glock switch” – an after-market device designed to illegally convert a semiautomatic Glock pistol into a fully automatic machine gun.
The maximum penalty for possession of a machine gun is 10 years in prison.
The maximum penalty for receipt or possession of an unregistered firearm is 10 years in prison.
ATF investigated the case, along with the Hoover Police Department.
The conversion of the semiautomatic Glock pistol to a fully automatic machine gun causes the firearm to become inaccurate, spraying bullets everywhere and increasing danger to innocent bystanders. If you know someone who has a Glock switch, you are asked to call law enforcement. Information about Glock switches can be reported to ATF at 1-888-ATF-TIPS or 1-888-283-8477.
An indictment contains only charges. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.