Wichita Falls man pleads guilty to selling Glock switches
A man from Wichita Falls pleaded guilty on Wednesday August 11 to possession of an unregistered firearm. Paul David Shaw Jr., 30, faces a maximum of ten years in prison and possible fines.
In court, Shaw admitted to selling Glock switches, also known as automatic triggers, which are used to convert semi-automatic pistols into fully automatic weapons.
“Switches allow criminals to fire multiple bullets with a single pull of the trigger … Unfortunately, we are seeing an influx of switches on our streets, where they inflict serious damage. The ATF and the United States Attorney’s Office are committed to keeping our communities safe by ensuring that these dangerous items do not fall into the wrong hands. “
Acting US Attorney Prerak Shah
Authorities say an undercover federal agent bought two switches from Shaw and a search of a building used by Shaw revealed several more. Shaw was charged with the crime in May 2021 and indicted in July 2021.
“Someone who sells tools that make firearms fully automatic is one of law enforcement’s biggest fears. Automatic weapons in the hands of those who aim to harm are what keep cops from sleeping at night. The fact that Mr. Shaw is selling them on social media should be of concern to all of us. I applaud the efforts of everyone involved in the arrest of this reckless individual. “
ATF Dallas Special Agent in Charge Jeffrey C. Boshek II
The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives “Dallas Field Division and assisted by the Wichita Falls Police Department.
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