Dealer Doubts “Straw Purchase” Case Will Keep Guns From Criminals


A Supreme Court ruling yesterday on the legality of “straw purchasing” firearms has gun dealers awaiting an impact they're not entirely sure will exist, reports the Tuilsa World. In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court said purchasers must report when they are buying firearms for other people. Josh White of Dong's Guns, Ammo and Reloading noted that it hasn't been illegal to buy a gun as a gift for someone.

White said most instances of straw purchasing are nearly impossible to prevent. “If somebody comes in here and looks around at a couple guns and says, 'Oh, I want to buy this gun,' and I sell it to them and they walk out and they were actually buying it for someone else, I have absolutely no way of knowing that,” he said. “The main thing is that I don't think it's going to stop anyone who was going to do otherwise when purchasing a firearm. Criminals are criminals.” He added that at a gun show, “all a person has to do is walk in and pay their money. There is no background check on a lot of that, and they're going to walk out with a gun, and they could be a rapist or a pedophile; there's just no telling.”

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