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Supreme Court rules on 'straw purchaser' law

By The Associated Press

This article was published June 16, 2014 at 9:16 a.m.

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court says federal law does not allow a "straw" purchaser to buy a gun for someone else, even if both are legally eligible to own firearms.

The justices ruled Monday that the federal background check law applied to Bruce James Abramski Jr. when he bought a Glock 19 handgun in Collinsville, Va., in 2009 and later transferred it to his uncle in Easton, Pa.

Federal officials brought charges against Abramski because he assured the Virginia dealer he was the actual buyer of the weapon, even though he had already agreed to buy the gun for his uncle.

The high court rejected Abramski's argument that since both he and his uncle were legally allowed to own guns, the law shouldn't have applied to him.

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2531USMC says... June 16, 2014 at 11:49 a.m.

Ok, so how would this apply to someone giving a firearm as a gift. A pretty common occurrence here in Arkansas

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FreeSpiritMan says... June 16, 2014 at 7:52 p.m.

Should be against the law, without a background check. USMC 1961

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