TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Jun 16, 2014

A divided U.S. Supreme Court sided with gun control groups and the Obama administration today, ruling that the federal ban on "straw" purchases of guns can be enforced even if the ultimate buyer is legally allowed to own a gun. The justices ruled 5-4 that the law applied to a Virginia man who bought a gun with the intention of transferring it to a relative in Pennsylvania who was not prohibited from owning firearms. The ruling settles a split among appeals courts over federal gun laws intended to prevent sham buyers from obtaining guns for the sole purpose of giving them to others, according to the Associated Press.