Pennsylvania Teen Indicted for Illegal Possession of Machinegun

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PITTSBURGH, PA — An 18-year-old from Ambridge, Pennsylvania, has been formally charged with violating federal firearms laws by possessing a machinegun, as announced by United States Attorney Eric G. Olshan on Tuesday.

Nasean Hunt is named as the defendant in a one-count indictment by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh. The charge stems from an incident on July 9, 2023, in the Western District of Pennsylvania, where Hunt was allegedly found in possession of a 9mm Glock handgun equipped with a gold “automatic conversion switch.” Such a device, according to federal law, transforms the firearm into a machinegun, the possession of which—and any component designed to convert a weapon into such—is strictly prohibited.

The legal repercussions Hunt faces for this offense include a maximum sentence of up to 10 years in prison and a potential fine of up to $250,000, or both. The severity of the sentencing will be determined based on the gravity of the offense and any previous criminal history attributed to Hunt, in accordance with federal Sentencing Guidelines.

Assistant United States Attorney DeMarr W. Moulton is representing the government in the prosecution of this case. The investigation that led to Hunt’s indictment was a collaborative effort between the Beaver County Detective Bureau and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

It is important to remember that an indictment serves as a formal charge and not evidence of guilt. Under the U.S. legal system, every defendant, including Hunt, is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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