The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled against a Virginia man who made a "straw purchase" of a handgun on behalf of his uncle in another state.
A straw purchase occurs when the actual buyer of a firearm is unable to pass the required federal background
check, or does not want his or her full name associated with the purchase, and has someone else who can pass
the required background check purchase the firearm for him or her.
In this case, Feds say Bruce Abramski, a former cop, told a gun dealer he was the “actual buyer,” then sold the Glock weapon to his uncle in another state.
In a 5-4 decision closely watched by gun rights advocates, the court ruled the "actual transferee/buyer" must disclose any intent to resell at the time of purchase.
At issue is whether any such misstatement is "material" to the otherwise lawfulness of the sale, the kind of information that should be kept by a federally licensed firearms dealer.
Abramski said the law goes too far, since both he and his relative are legally able to own the weapon.More on this story from ABC news