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  •  Right, OK - So where is the point (1+ / 0-)
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    of intercept for ATF? Is it legal for the straw buyer to sell to a third party? That would render the law against "straw purchases" ineffectual, no?

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    by native on Thu Jun 28, 2012 at 11:52:18 AM PDT

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    •  Here's the pattern. (2+ / 0-)
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      Theory and practice.

      Theory: If you buy a gun and at some later date decide to sell it to somebody else, and unbeknownst to you that person is not legally entitled to buy a gun, AFAIK you have not committed a crime. As long as you're not a gun dealer who's required to do background checks. But if the deal from the get-go is that Joe comes to you and says, "Hey, it's illegal for me to buy a gun, here's $500, go buy me this $400 gun and keep the change for your trouble," then yes, you've committed a crime.

      Practice: Bill Suspect reports to the IRS each year that he has no income. ATF records show Bill bought $300,000 worth of guns last year. Those guns are no longer at Bill's house, nor can Bill say where they went, nor can Bill say where he got the money to buy them. Bill lives near the Mexican border and lots of young men come and go from Bill's house.

      "The true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals." - Barack Obama

      by HeyMikey on Thu Jun 28, 2012 at 12:17:57 PM PDT

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