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Waynesville man sentenced for illegal machine guns

Waynesville man sentenced for illegal machine guns

Jacob Ryan McClure, 25, of Waynesville. was sentenced to 33 months in prison followed by three years of supervised released for possession of machine guns.


According to documents filed with the court and the sentencing proceedings, on July 6, 2022, deputies with the Haywood County Sheriff’s Office stopped McClure’s vehicle for a traffic violation. Over the course of the traffic stop, law enforcement found in McClure’s vehicle 97 illegal conversion devices, commonly known as “Glock switches,” which are used to convert firearms into machineguns. Law enforcement also seized four P80 pistols, which are privately manufactured firearms referred to as “Ghost guns,” that had been converted into machineguns with illegal Glock switches. Law enforcement also recovered a conventional Glock firearm that had a Glock switch installed, an unregistered short-barreled 9mm rifle, 10 unregistered firearm silencers and $3,000 in cash.

According to court records, prior to the incident in Haywood County, in August 2021, McClure was arrested in Tennessee after law enforcement seized from McClure’s vehicle and rental cabin several firearms, including converted machine guns, an unregistered silencer, narcotics and over $10,000 in cash.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Middle District of Tennessee brought federal charges against McClure in connection with this offense. Those charges were later transferred to the U.S. District Court in the Western District of North Carolina.

On March 3, McClure pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of machine guns in connection with both federal cases. McClure remains in federal custody and will be transferred to the custody of the federal Bureau of Prisons upon designation of a federal facility.

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