Bethel Man Charged for Buying Pistol with False Military ID, Credit Card

Man also charged with carrying without a permit and interfering with an officer.

A Bethel man turned himself in to police Friday on charges of carrying without a permit and criminal impersonation after allegedly buying a firearm using a fraudulent credit card and military credentials.

Brennan Moriarty, 23, of Whitney Road, Bethel, turned himself in to Bethel police on Dec. 13 on an active warrant in connection with the purchase of a pistol in October using a military identification card while Moriarty was not an active member of the military.

During the course of an investigation, police determined that the purchase had been made using a credit card fraudulently opened by Moriarty in a relative’s name.

It was also determined that Moriarty did not possess a pistol permit and that he had carried the pistol in violation of state statute.

Moriarty was routinely processed and released on $1,000 bond.

He is scheduled to appear in Danbury Superior Court on Dec. 20 on charges of carrying a pistol without a permit, criminal impersonation and interfering with an officer.
Voice of Reason December 16, 2013 at 01:49 PM
A general Military ID is not sufficient for legal purchase of a handgun in CT. The laws can be confusing to some as the Legislative Body has created protected classes of citizens in certain instances. For example: "Assault Weapons" possession and registration requirements have varying levels of protection depending on Government Citizen classification. Contrastingly the lawful purchase of a handgun in CT requires being a CT citizen and possession of a valid Permit to carry Pistols/Revolvers or possession of a valid Eligibility Certificate or if you are a licensed Firearms Dealer or if you are a Sworn Police Officer. The Criminal Impersonation (of a Military Officer) charge in this case leads me to suspect the purchase eligibility fell under "Sworn Police Officer" portion of eligibility requirements.
Dan Gaita December 16, 2013 at 02:11 PM
Voice of Reason December 16, 2013 at 02:21 PM
Ct.gov and cga.ct.gov firearms Statutes.
Voice of Reason December 16, 2013 at 02:24 PM
Per CT despp: "You can only buy a handgun in Connecticut, if in addition to being a resident, you have a valid Permit to carry Pistols or Revolvers, a valid Eligibility Certificate, if you are a licensed Firearms Dealer or if you are a Sworn Police Officer."
Dan Gaita December 16, 2013 at 04:53 PM
Thank you..
Voice of Reason December 16, 2013 at 11:02 PM
@ Dan Gaita. You're welcome. @ Bethel Observer. When combined with the crimes he's charged with some of his comments are a little disconcerting.
Dan Gaita December 18, 2013 at 02:31 PM
Well, first of all, I am not going to jump on the hate bandwagon like so many other right-wing and left-wing nut jobs. Let's discuss this with a sense of reason and comprehension of the context with which Mr. Schumer was speaking. In order to do so effectively, that will require that we all turn off MSNBC and FOX news and actually read the language of the budget and how it will actually impact the veteran population. 1. I am opposed to any cut to retirement benefits with which our US service members earned. But that is my opinion. 2. I have received much feedback from friends that are being directly impacted by this and not a single one of them has voiced objection since the budget and language, as written, minimally impacts combat veterans, and those with decorated service records. So if those that are being affected are not mad, then I am not mad. (remember, these are veterans - we are used to giving back to society) 3. What the media takes out of context, and how they spin short sound bites to propagate an agenda is sickening and is in need of review and repair before segments of our population find themselves acting out violently over misinformation that has been spoon fed to them by the media agencies responsible. I can assure you, Mr. Schumer supports our nations veterans. But many in the media and along opposing political lines do not support Mr. Schumer. Schumer, is not the problem, politics and the media are. Did this answer your question?
Dan Gaita December 18, 2013 at 02:37 PM
Correction to my last sentence above….insert "Self-Serving" before politics, and "Publicly traded" before Media.
Ariel butler December 19, 2013 at 01:35 PM
He was in the navy. No one should say anything bad about him unless you know his side of the story. I am his girlfriend if you have any questions ask me
Dan Gaita December 19, 2013 at 01:45 PM
Ariel, What happened? How did he get the gun? Who did he buy it from? When? What is his prior felony record for? When did he serve? Did he deploy to Iraq or Afghan? When? What unit was he with?
Ariel butler December 19, 2013 at 02:03 PM
The state cleared the purchase. And he doesn't have a prior felony. He's a good guy and it was a honest mistake.
Ariel butler December 19, 2013 at 02:08 PM
Passing judgment and not knowing the facts makes you the moron.!!!
Ariel butler December 19, 2013 at 02:09 PM
And if it was illegal then why did the state clear the purchase?
Moriarty Brennan December 19, 2013 at 03:32 PM
I was eod served in Iraq and Afghanistan at the time of the purchase it was legal for active duty to carry in ct the same officer that said I could legally make the purchase as long as they were registered within 180 days of ETS is the one that served the warrant and go ahead and call the combat veteran that has 5 LOD injuries and an honorable discharge a moron and by the way if you knew anything about the military you would know only army and corps guys use the acronym MOS navy and coast guard call it rating and Air Force calls it a technical specialty and by the way fact checking using laws that only took effect on November first to justify or nullify something that happened in September is ill conceived and shows that you are in fact uneducated and only intend to push your political agenda and by the way that post was not directed at Ariel and rather a member of my own family in addition blocking someone from replying to your comments and then calling them out with hateful speech and derogatory comments about someone you know nothing about just further shines light as to your blatant ignorance and btw there were several in accuracies in the article so feel free to keep propagating using invalid information
Moriarty Brennan December 19, 2013 at 03:40 PM
@voiceofreason until November first the law had an exemption for active duty and veterans separated within 180 days and also another correction to your "facts" is you do not have to be a resident of ct to obtain a pistol permit that is why they issue a non resident permit New York and Illinois are the only states that do not allow non residents to obtain permits what you may have been confused about is Connecticut not being one of the 34 states to offer reciprocity to other states permits
Moriarty Brennan December 19, 2013 at 03:43 PM
@dan gaita I served IA with meu13 rmcb 11 and eodplt 561
Moriarty Brennan December 19, 2013 at 04:09 PM
If you were truly as astute and educated as you claim you would flail blindly on inaccuracies to push your party lines I would love to see you spend 20 mos in OEF or OIF or HOA as an EOD tech and not suffer from PTSD and depression I would love to see how you would react to diffusing bombs day in and out see your whole platoon the guys you ate slept and fought next to for over a year die in front of your eyes btw night terrors and the smell of burning flesh never go away mull that over while you insult someone with TBI PTSD and damn near lost an arm and a leg for you to have the liberties of the first amendment which we give up as soon as we sign on the dotted line service members lose their right to free speech and assembly as well as the right voice or sometimes even practice their religion due to the good of the mission and your welcome by the way for the sacrifices WE made for you. Don't forget all gave some. Some gave all and tell me you wouldn't be depressed if you're wife left you gave your dog to a kill shelter sold your $80k truck the only brand new car anyone in your family has owned and your '62 Harley you spent 2 yrs restoring for $10 as well as taking every piece of furniture and clothing you owned all while you were 9k miles away and as to the being loved for me it was referring to my mother and stepfather who beat tortured and molested me since I was 6yo who now want to be a part of my life and I love who you jumped to insult instead of addressing one single of my several valid points which further atests to your ignorance or otherwise misinformed propagated political agenda
Moriarty Brennan December 19, 2013 at 04:13 PM
You are the poster child for everything that's wrong with bipartisanship in America
Moriarty Brennan December 19, 2013 at 04:26 PM
Dirty politics only help on Election Day the other 1459 days between it only serves to weaken the legislative powers from making a positive change
Dan Gaita December 19, 2013 at 05:50 PM
Moriarty, Shoot me an email. danielgaita@comcast.net - Let's see if I can help you get all this ironed out. Thank you for your service. If this was a legitimate legal sh*t show, I do have contacts that can help you.
Dan Gaita December 19, 2013 at 05:52 PM
I have been on the receiving end of bullish*t like this and I have fought back with success (within the rules of law)
Dan Gaita December 19, 2013 at 06:01 PM
Bethel Observer - you might want to throttle back. You have crossed several lines in this blogg that could come back to haunt you. Really haunt you. Give the man his day in court - if he has lied, time will tell. But if he is telling the truth, you have tormented, insulted, slandered, defamed, and bullied a person who has not yet been provided due process.
Dan Gaita December 19, 2013 at 06:18 PM
Reality Check - I have no control over who post on Patch, but, as you are well aware, this is America, and stupidity is not a crime so BO can anonymously spew all the ignorant hate and venom he chooses without legal recourse. That is the problem with anonymity on these sites…cowards grow strong behind their screen name and keyboard. If Mr. Brenann (as is named on this post) is in fact, the same person that was arrested, he needs help. Legal help and also post combat reintegration assistance. I can and will provide both but he will have to contact me directly.
Dan Gaita December 19, 2013 at 06:34 PM
Either way, send me an email. I got some other stuff to share with you. danielgaita@comcast.net Yes, US Marines, Forward Observer, Somalia 1994. If you go pro-se, they will use the legal system against you, they will frustrate you and try to make sure you look like a criminal coming-out the other end. Do you at least have a public defender? Check us out here: www.operationvetfit.org Semper Fi -
Michael Shea December 19, 2013 at 06:45 PM
So it was actually legal for active duty military folks to by a handgun in Connecticut without a permit until November 1? Is that correct? I think Mr. Moriarty's girlfriend has noticed the key point - why did the dealer who ran the background check approve the sale? Considering that the State has now decreed that we all need permits to buy even a box of .22 rounds I think we ought to know if the State is actually paying any attention to its own laws.
Dan Gaita December 19, 2013 at 06:58 PM
I actually think that the new laws are so complicated and damn near unbelievable that those tasked with following them, and enforcing are still confused. Really, the laws make no sense and offer no protections from criminals that defy them anyway. It is a prime example of the dangers of "emotional legislation" Those in congress that used a tragedy to push this garbage through should be ashamed. Those that went along with it for political purposes should be equally ashamed and those few that stood against it should be seen as our future leaders. I know Dan Carter was one of the only ones with the balls to vote no on that legislation. Because he knew it was wrong and the wrong thing to do.
Voice of Reason December 19, 2013 at 07:03 PM
@ Moriarty Brennan. I'm aware of exemptions for active duty military members that referenced purchase of long arms and for carrying of handguns but not sure about purchase of handguns; I'll simply take your word on that especially being that it is your butt on the line. The rest of your response to me is irrelevant to my post. In any event I sincerely hope for whatever the truth is that it is to be triumphant and that justice is served to that end.
Dan Gaita December 19, 2013 at 07:13 PM
If Mr. Moriarty is, in fact the person blogging under his name here, he is a prime example of how we are failing to reintegrate our combat veterans after serving multiple long-duration tours in the combat theatre. Throw in the multiplier effects of being in an Explosives Ordinance Disposal unit and the PTSD following that and you got yourself a bit of a challenge returning to "normal" Then take away the group/unit camaraderie and brotherhood of those units and replace it with the solitude of a cabbie and you end up with a depressive vacuum. Mix in a little bit of distrust, paranoia, sleeplessness, night terrors, flashbacks and all kinds of anxieties and you got yourself a little powder-keg. Now, with this pull-over for talking on the phone while driving, (which I am sure none of you do) his life is about to be thrown even deeper into the abyss. Because if he has a felony on his record he can no longer carry his firearm (that he has relied on to protect his life and yours) To boot, now he can not obtain a legal prescription for Marajuana, which happens to work wonders for PTSD symptoms, because he will have a felony on his record. He argues that he purchased the gun legally, was in his full legal right to carry, does not have a felony record, is a combat veteran, and that it is all a miscommunication and error. We don't know about the credit card, and we don't know if he has a prior record. He deserves his day in court, and he deserves justice if this was done in a way that violated his rights.
Moriarty Brennan December 19, 2013 at 07:39 PM
@ dg I left you a message with my number trust me it's better than trying to explain through email
Voice of Reason December 19, 2013 at 07:44 PM
@ Dan Gaita. "He deserves his day in court, and he deserves justice if this was done in a way that violated his rights." I totally agree. The totality of the reported allegations are pretty damning but we all know that the media is rarely one-hundred percent accurate. All (or most) of us, including myself, get sucked in from time to time but we need to remember their "day in court". However, if this person that has posted some of these things in this thread is in fact the accused and if they were someone close to me I'd suggest they refrain from firearms possession at this time. I say that with respect and as a supporter of Individual Rights.


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