Supreme Court makes ruling on ‘straw purchaser’ law

06/16/2014 // West Palm Beach, Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)

Washington – The Supreme Court entered a ruling Monday related to the straw purchase of guns. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), the high court ruled that a federal ban on gun purchases made by agents that intend to transfer them to others who are unwilling or unable to make the purchase themselves can be enforced, even in cases where a buyer can legally own a gun.

The 5 to 4 ruling applied in the case of a Virginia man accused of making a “straw” purchase, intending to transfer the gun to a Pennsylvania relative who was allowed to own firearms. Bruce James Abramski, Jr., who is a former police officer, bought a handgun from a dealer in Virginia claiming that he was the “actual buyer,” despite previously making the offer to purchase it for his uncle using a police discount.

Abramski bought the gun with a $400 check written by his uncle, and was subsequently arrested after being suspected of having involvement in a bank robbery. Although no charges were filed in connection with the bank robbery, he was charged with making false statement regarding the gun’s purchase.

Abramski later argued that he had not made a straw purchase because his uncle was allowed to buy firearms. His argument was rejected by a federal district judge, and the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the court’s decision.

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