U.S. Supreme Court rules against handgun straw purchases

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By, Heather Warner

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that gun buyers must disclose when they are buying a gun for someone else.

The 5-4 decision backs a federal gun control law against these so-called “straw purchases.”

The case involved a Virginia man who illegally told a gun dealer he was the “actual buyer,” then sold the weapon to his uncle in Pennsylvania, who was also allowed to legally own a gun.

The ruling means gun buyers must disclose any intent to resell at the time of purchase.

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