Over a year ago, we wrote about Chicago police who were chasing down fake GLOCK full-auto pistol conversion kits. Thousands of the things had apparently been bought from Chinese knock-off specialists like Wish.com and similar sites that sold the kits in addition to cheap suppressors and other pirated junk (“EOTech sights,” “Benchmade” knives) that looks kinda like the real thing.
Now a suburban Chicago man has been arrested and charged by the ATF with selling a couple of the full-auto switches from China for as much as $500 a piece…to ATF informants.
In May, the ATF said thousands of the devices had been imported from China and that it had launched a nationwide recovery effort. In the past year, people in Alaska, California, Kansas, Missouri, New Jersey, New Mexico and New York and Rhode Island have faced similar charges of having machinegun converters.
In September, Goley sold two of the devices for $1,000 to an informant working for ATF and two more later that month to an undercover officer posing as the informant’s uncle for $700 outside a Lansing hotel, according to an ATF agent’s affidavit.
Goley is accused of offering to sell the officer at least 10 more converters at a discount of $275 each.
“It’s gonna go to the people who want to go shoot some people, gangbangers and sh—,” the affidavit says Goley told the officer. “These switches not no joke. Would you be able to get rid of 500 switches?”
The officer said he was interested in buying more.