Boulder Man Admits Firearms Crimes Stemming From Gun Sales at Helena Pawn Shop

Editors Note: The following press release is directly from ATF. Regular readers of AmmoLand News know our stance on the unaccountable Federal Agency: No comment. We invite our readers to leave their hard-hitting insights in the comments below.

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GREAT FALLS – -( A Boulder man admitted to firearms crimes today after being accused of illegally possessing firearms and aiding a straw purchase at his wife’s Helena pawn shop, U.S. Attorney Leif M. Johnson said.

Isaiah Maurice Morsette, 38, pleaded guilty to prohibited person in possession of a firearm and to false statement during a firearms transaction. Morsette faces a maximum of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release.

Chief U.S. District Judge Brian M. Morris presided. Chief Judge Morris set sentencing for March 30, 2022. Morsette was detained pending further proceedings.

In court documents filed in the case, the government alleged that earlier this year, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives conducted an undercover investigation of Modern Pawn & Consignment, located in Helena. Morsette is the husband of co-defendant Catherine Suzanne Morsette, who is the federal firearms licensee for Modern Pawn. Morsette served as the shop’s firearms and ammunition expert, and he answered all questions regarding the pricing and selling of the firearms. Morsette also is a five-time convicted felon. At the time he possessed firearms, he knew he had been convicted of felony sexual intercourse without consent in December 2011 in Montana. Catherine Morsette has pleaded guilty to crimes in the case and is pending sentencing.

In March, an undercover ATF special agent went to Modern Pawn, where Morsette told the special agent that he would have two Smith & Wesson 9mm pistols available for sale in four days. Morsette handed the special agent both pistols and discussed other firearms for sale or coming up for sale.

In April, two undercover ATF special agents went to Modern Pawn where special agent #2 eventually bought a Savage 6.5 Creedmoor rifle from Morsette for special agent #1. Morsette handed the rifle to special agent #1. When special agent #1 asked about not having a Montana address yet, Morsette told the special agent to purchase the firearm from him anyway. Morsette told special agent #1, “there’s all these crazy rules, but I don’t give a (profanity), I was to sell it, you know what I mean?” With Morsette present, special agent #1 called special agent #2 and asked him to come to the store. While waiting for the second special agent to arrive, Morsette handed special agent #1 a box of ammunition. Special agent #2 arrived at the store and with Morsette filled out an ATF form for the rifle’s purchase. When special agent #2 asked about a question on the form regarding the actual purchaser of the firearm, Morsette responded, “yeah, it’s your gun brother, as far as I’m concerned.”

Morsette knowing executed the ATF form stating that special agent #2 was the actual purchaser of the Savage rifle, when in fact he knew that special agent #1 was the actual purchaser.

The ATF investigated the case.

Denver Field Division

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives

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Deplorable Bill

The RIGHT, not privilege, of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. The 2A. Governments LEGAL role when it comes to firearms and anything else a militia would use is exactly….zero, nothing, nada. They have no legal jurisdiction whatsoever. Thus, what they have done to this man was not in any way, shape or form legal. “I will defend the people, the nation and the constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic’ is part of the oath they swore. I know because I took the same oath. The batfe exists to disavow their oath of office,… Read more »


WOW! I’m stealing this! Except I will put ~Deplorable Bill after the post. This is SOOOOO TRUE!
Except for one slight error. They have no LAWFUL jurisdiction. Under common law they wouldn’t exist. However under STATUTORY law they have “legal” jurisdiction. Which is one reason we need to get back to COMMON LAW under which you have to have a VICTIM for a crime to exist. Legal and lawful are from two distinct jurisdictions. They have no LAWFUL right to exist.

Last edited 1 year ago by CourageousLion

BATF just another ilegitiment alphabet soup agency that the government enacted to strip Americans of our God given rights. They are a murderous agency that kills Americans in the name of control and power . They are obsolete and need to be disbanded .


Can the ATF list the victims please. I would like to read about all of the VICTIMS that this “crime” created. WHAT? THEY CAN’T? Well golly gee…seems like they just can’t change their ways. All the way back to when Randy Weaver created the most vicious act in the history of our country by cutting a shot gun off “too short”! Resulting in the MURDER of his 14 year old son and the MURDER of his wife Vicky. Makes me so proud to live in the “free” country of the USA! Yep..hip, hip horraaaaaaa!!!!


They had accomplices.

Son of Waylon

Hey you got to break the law to enforce it right? Guberment gives us low hanging fruit for this type of behavior


They are gun rights, not gun privileges. And commerce for privately owned property is also a right. So, GFY, ATF. The worst criminals are the ones getting paid with taxpayer funding.


Looks like the government thugs are bragging about armed robbery, aggravated kidnapping, and violation of rights again.


ATF is where people who couldn’t pass the mental exam or physical exam to qualify for a crossing guard or mall cop go to get a badge and a gun.


Publish atf agent home addresses!!!!

F atf and their extended families.


I don’t get it. People are defending this perverted criminal. He had 5 sex crime felonies that prohibited him from working in the pawn shop. This guy is a dirt bag and should get jil time.


Let me explain it to you.

People aren’t defending Morsette’s felony sex crimes.

People are criticizing gun laws.

People are criticizing those who enforce those gun laws – you know, people like you.


The three amigos – 18 hours a day, every day. Beautful day here today. I was able to get a late season hike in. How about you – manning the button all day?

Don, let me add – there is no difference between you and BATFE agents.


I’m not surprised at all to see butters and Fudds defending unconstitutional agencies and laws as long as they’re used against people they don’t like.


OK, I understand the “Felon in possession” charge, but to the best of my knowledge buying a long gun with an out of state address is legal. The second agent should have never been involved in this transaction. I can drive up to the Thornton CO Cabela’s and buy a rifle and it is legal as far as I know.