Hammond Man Sentenced For Possession Of Unregistered Machine Gun

Ryan C. Turner, 29 years old, of Hammond, Indiana, was sentenced by United States District Court Senior Judge James T. Moody on his plea of guilty to possessing an unregistered machinegun, announced United States Attorney Clifford D. Johnson.


Turner was sentenced to 27 months in prison followed by 2 years of supervised release.

According to documents in the case, on May 27, 2021, Turner was found passed out in his car which was stopped in the middle of the street straddling the yellow center line in Porter, Indiana.  At that time, Turner illegally possessed a pistol on his lap that had a machinegun conversion device attached to it, making it capable of firing multiple shots with a single pull of the trigger.  This  firearm was not registered to him in the National Firearm Registration and Transfer record, making his possession of it illegal.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Porter Police Department, the Burns Harbor Police Department, and the Chesterton Police Department.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kevin F. Wolff.

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