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June 2014 Archives

Supreme Court hands down important decision on federal gun crime

A so-called “straw” gun purchase is where one person buys a firearm from a legitimate retail outlet for someone else. Federal charges are very serious, particularly for gun crimes; convictions for some weapons offenses can carry decades long sentences. But can the federal government prohibit straw purchases when both the buyer and the intended recipient of a firearm are lawfully eligible to purchase a gun?