SCOTUS To Hear 2nd. Amendment Case

600x300-BSA_National_HQ-wikipediaWASHINGTON, DC – Could the legal purchase of a firearm be considered a “straw purchase?” That’s the question that the Supreme Court has decided to take on during this term.

The case, Abramski vs. the United States, involves the purchase of a firearm for another person. Bruce Abramski, who is a retired police officer, purchased a firearm for his elderly uncle because he could get it at a discount.

Both he and his uncle filled out and passed the appropriate background checks. The issue is that Abramski marked himself as the “buyer” of the firearm on his background check.

That is what caused the ATF to pursue the case, being that Abramski was listed as the “actual buyer.”

Is it ok for someone to purchase a firearm with the intent to resell it? Straw purchase laws were created to prevent a convicted felon from being able to purchase a firearm with the assistance of a qualified buyer. When both parties are legally able to purchase a firearm, a straw purchase is not clearly defined.

The stakes are high. If the SCOTUS rules in favor of the U.S., Abramski will become a felon for checking a box on a background check form and the beginning foundation of a national gun registry may be built. If the court rules for Abramski, then there will undoubtedly be a call for more gun restrictions to prevent similar measures from occurring.

Opening arguments for the case are scheduled to begin in January.

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  1. So if i read this right….a win for either side is still trouble for law abiding gun owners? So how is this a 2nd Amendment fight?

    The stakes are high. If the SCOTUS rules in favor of the U.S., Abramski will become a felon for checking a box on a background check form and the beginning foundation of a national gun registry may be built. If the court rules for Abramski, then there will undoubtedly be a call for more gun restrictions to prevent similar measures from occurring.

    This means that should I or someone else decide to buy a gun as a present for another, that then becomes a “straw purchase” and make me a felon.

    I’m really not seeing how this is gonna be a good thing for gun owners, Someone care to explain this one

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