Gun Buyers Must Disclose if Purchasing For Another

Published 06/17 2014 01:44PM

Updated 06/17 2014 02:03PM

The US Supreme Court ruled that gun buyers must disclose to a dealer if they are purchasing a gun for someone else. The 5-4 decision reaffirms the current federal law that makes it illegal to purchase a gun on behalf of someone else, known as a straw purchase.

WFFT's Tara Petitt looked into this ruling and has local opinions from both sides of this controversial issue.

"The idea behind a straw purchase is that someone who is ineligible, for example, a convicted felon, from purchasing a firearm, gets somebody else to buy that firearm for him or her."

Bob Aldridge is a NRA Certified Instructor.  He says gun stores will have to be on their toes to ensure that no one buys a gun on behalf of another person.

"It comes into a judgement call by the operators of the gun store as to whether they believe it as a straw purchase or not, or have reasons to suspect it is.  If they have reason to suspect it is, they have to deny the sale."

Current law forces gun purchasers to sign a 4473, a form that states you must be the actual purchaser of the firearm.

Aldridge says even with the new ruling, there is no way to be absolutely sure of a straw purchase.

"If you wanted to go to lengths to make sure you made it look real legit when it wasn't, it would be easy.  It wouldn't be that hard to kind of pull a little bit over the eyes of a dealer on that."

Billie Laverghetta doesn't think the ruling will keep felons away from guns.

"The people who are getting the guns and doing all of these murders and stuff probably are not getting them legally anyways, it doesn't matter."

Brandon Baker wants stricter gun laws, "I don't think just anybody should own a gun.  I think it should be regulated just like the government is doing."

Aldridge believes passing more gun legislation won't stop crime.

"Law abiding people don't commit the crimes.  By definition, criminals don't obey laws and they're gonna get guns.  They're gonna get them so trying to pass more gun laws on top of the 20,000 some that are already out there with the rosy glass opinion that is somehow going to stop crooks from getting guns and committing crimes is just ludacris.  Quite honestly, isn't gonna happen."

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