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High Court: 'Straw' Gun Purchases Illegal

June 17, 2014  | 

The Supreme Court on Monday deemed "straw" purchases of firearms illegal, delivering a huge win to advocates of stricter gun controls, reports The Hill.

In a 5-4 decision, the court concluded that one legal gun owner may not acquire a firearm on behalf of another. Instead, the majority ruled, all gun owners must undergo a federally mandated background check before obtaining firearms from licensed dealers.

The case, Abramski v. United States, centered on a former police officer who bought a Glock 19 handgun for his uncle. Though both men were allowed to own guns, Bruce Abramski claimed on forms that he was the "actual transferee/buyer" of the weapon. He was convicted of making false statements after law enforcers, investigating his involvement in another crime, came upon the receipt.

Tags: Legislation, U.S. Supreme Court Cases, Gun Control Advocacy


Comments (6)

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Tim Hall @ 6/17/2014 10:24 PM

How much do you wanna bet that it was for the LEO discount.

HOUSE @ 6/18/2014 12:51 AM

wasn't this already illegal? I thought the form stated that at the time of purchase....

ssc1911 @ 6/18/2014 5:10 AM

I agree with HOUSE in what he said about straw purchases already being illegal. Buying a gun for someone who isn't allowed to possess any firearm.
It appears that the plaintiff and the recipient of the gun were legally allowed to purchase it and transfer it to the second party. This news article states that Abramski was convicted of making false statements after law enforcement found his involvement in another crime. The crime wasn't mentioned.

NJ Motorcop @ 6/18/2014 8:08 AM

Another mistake by the Supremes!

If a straw purchase is defined as when an eligible buyer makes a purchase for an ineligible buyer, how does this qualify when both persons were fully eligible.

The way I read this, purchasing a gun as a gift can now be called a straw purchase, even if the recipient is fully eligible to receive it.

Berry @ 6/18/2014 5:48 PM

Straw Purchases are only illegal when buying for someone in the US. As long as you plan to smuggle it to Mexico, then you are free to purchase.

Did the Supremes indicate how long I have to own the gun before I decide to give it to my granddaughter for her birthday? Or how long to own it before I don't want it any more and sell it to my friend?

Copper @ 6/23/2014 1:51 PM

Total BS!! So you can't buy a gun as a gift for your child, family member or friend? Bunch of sh@t!!

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