Gun Control

Supreme Court Weighs 'Straw' Gun Purchases

Case about a purchase of a gun where the listed buyer is not the ultimate owner


The US Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday in a case about legal provisions intended to prevent the "straw" purchases of guns by one individual for other buyers.

In the case — the second taken up by the justices in a week concerning gun laws — former Virginia police officer Bruce Abramski was a straw purchaser who bought a gun for an uncle.

Although both men were legal gun owners, Abramski indicated on a federal form that he was the gun's actual buyer.