SCOTUS Rules On ‘Straw Purchaser’ Gun Law

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WASHINGTON (AP) — 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, Virginia, in 2009 and later transferred it to his uncle in Easton, Pennsylvania.

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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  1. Some gun sanity from the High Court, who in fairness we’re never as expansive in Heller as the gun lobby would have us believe.

  2. Huge ruling. As Scalia said, the 2nd Amendment allows for reasonable restrictions. And gun running is not a reasonable practice. I hope this gunsuck does some serious time for his crime.

  3. How will the NRA spin this as a “win?” Should be interesting to watch

  4. So this guy now has a felony conviction, and no longer has the “right to buy, possess, transfer, shoot, fondle, etc. guns”, Right?

  5. Avatar for msny msny says:

    And around the nation today, law enforcement officers cringed and made sure not to forget their body armor for fear that a patriot might exercise some 2nd Amendment remedies against them. USA!

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