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Connecticut Man Charged with Firearm Trafficking

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Massachusetts

BOSTON – A Connecticut man has been charged in federal court in Boston with firearm trafficking.

Brian McCarthy, 33, of Bridgeport, Conn., was charged with one count of dealing firearms without a federal license. McCarthy will make an initial appearance in federal court in Boston at a later date. He has been in state custody since his arrest on July 31, 2020.

According to the criminal complaint, between June 17 and July 31, 2020, McCarthy travelled to Massachusetts and sold an undercover officer two Glock-style Privately Made Firearms (PMF) he had personally fabricated. PMFs are firearms that are not made by firearm manufacturers; instead, firearm manufactures sell individual buyers firearm parts, and the buyer uses various firearm drilling tools to construct and assemble the parts into a functional firearm.  PMFs are also known as “ghost guns” because they are not serialized, and are thus, untraceable.  

Following the July 31 sale, McCarthy was taken into custody. The search of his apartment resulted in the seizure of two additional Glock-style PMFs, one AR15/M4-type rifle upper receiver, accessories for AR15/M4 rifles, multiple semi-automatic magazines, approximately 250 rounds of ammunition, and various firearm construction and assembly tools.

The charge of dealing firearms without a federal license provides for a sentence of up to five years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling; Kelly Brady, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Boston Field Division; Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy J. Cruz; and Bristol County District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Nicholas Soivilien of Lelling’s Organized Crime and Gang Unit is prosecuting the case.

This prosecution is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. The Department of Justice reinvigorated PSN in 2017 as part of the Department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally-based strategies to reduce violent crime.

The details contained in the criminal complaint are allegations. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law. 

Updated August 12, 2020

Firearms Offenses