Connecticut Man Sentenced for Firearm Trafficking | USAO-MA
BOSTON – A Connecticut man was convicted in federal court in Boston today in connection with the sale of two “ghost weapons”.
Brian McCarthy, 33, of Bridgeport, Connecticut, was sentenced to 30 months in prison and two years of supervised release by US District Court Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton. On May 28, 2021, McCarthy pleaded guilty to trading in a firearms case without a federal license.
Between June 17 and July 31, 2020, McCarthy traveled to Massachusetts and sold two Glock-style Privately Made Firearms (PMF) he had personally made to an undercover officer. PMFs are firearms that are not made by firearms manufacturers; instead, gun manufacturers sell gun parts to individual buyers, and the buyer uses various gun drilling tools to design the parts and assemble them into a working firearm. PMFs are also known as “ghost guns” because they are not serialized. McCarthy was taken into custody after the sale.
A subsequent search of McCarthy’s apartment resulted in the seizure of two more Glock-style PMFs, an upper receiver of the AR15 / M4 rifle, accessories for AR15 / M4 rifles, several semi-automatic magazines, approximately 250 rounds of ammunition, and various firearm designs and assembly tools .
acting US Attorney Nathaniel R. Mendell; James Ferguson, Special Envoy for Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, Boston Field Division; Plymouth District Attorney Timothy J. Cruz; and Bristol County District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn III announced today. John Dawley, US Assistant Attorney at Mendell’s Organized Crime and Gangs Division, is pursuing the case.
This law enforcement is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program that brings together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for all. The Department of Justice revitalized PSN in 2017 as part of the Department’s renewed focus on fighting violent criminals, instructing all U.S. attorneys to work in partnership with law enforcement at the federal, state, local and tribal levels and the local community to be effective, local-based Strategies to Reduce Violent Crime.