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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