The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on June 16 the federal ban on “straw” purchases of guns can be enforced even if the ultimate buyer is legally allowed to own a gun.
A divided high court ruled 5-4 the law applied to a Virginia man who bought a gun with the intention of transferring it to a relative in Pennsylvania who was not prohibited from owning firearms.
The justices ruled 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.
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 Supreme Court was right to reject Abramski’s argument since both he and his uncle were legally allowed to own guns, the law shouldn’t have applied to him.