For Immediate Release
Clinton Township Firearms Dealer Charged With Illegally Importing Glock Conversion Devices From Russia
DETROIT – A Macomb County federally licensed firearms dealer was charged in an indictment with illegally importing Glock conversion devices from Russia and failing to keep proper records, United States Attorney Dawn N. Ison announced today.
Ison was joined in the announcement by Assistant Special Agent in Charge Craig Kailimai of the Detroit Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Chase Farmer, 23, of St. Clair Shores, illegally imported Glock conversion devices and drop-in auto sears using a Russian website from November 2020 to March 2021. Glock conversion devices and drop-in auto sears are used to convert standard firearms into machineguns that allow the firearms to fire multiple rounds at once, and, thus, are highly dangerous devices. Farmer, owner of the federally licensed firearms dealer, Shall Not Be Infringed, LLC, based in Clinton Township, was licensed to deal in firearms, but he was not licensed to import firearms, including these dangerous Glock conversion devices, into the United States. Farmer attempted to hide his purchase from authorities—including by making the orders under an alias and falsifying the details in his PayPal payments to Russia—but ATF agents were able to detect the purchases and recover evidence of Farmer’s crimes, which also included his failure to keep proper records as licensed firearms dealer.
This case has been assigned to United States District Judge Gershwin A. Drain. The defendant could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted.
An indictment is only a formal charging document and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Diane Princ.