Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb has signed a bill that prohibits the transformation of semi-automatic firearms into machine guns. The bill, House Bill 1365, includes language that further restricts the possession of Glock switches, which allow a gun to shoot continuously while a trigger is pressed.
The possession of such switches is already prohibited under federal law, but this new state law empowers Indiana police to press charges independently against anyone in possession of a “switch gun,” making it easier for law enforcement to prosecute offenders.
The bill passed easily through the Indiana House and Senate, despite the state legislature having passed a number of laws easing gun restrictions in recent years, including one that eliminated handgun licensing in the state. With this new law, Indiana is joining several other states in enacting measures to prevent the conversion of semi-automatic weapons into fully automatic ones.