Bill would stiffen penalties for straw purchases

Posted on: 5:11 pm, February 5, 2013, by , updated on: 05:12pm, February 5, 2013

Congressman Scott Rigell

(WTVR) — A Virginia Republican wants to crack down on people who buy guns for those who are not supposed to have them.

Congressman Scott Rigell introduced a bill Tuesday that would greatly increase the penalties for straw purchases.

That’s when someone who is able to pass a criminal background check purchases a firearm with the intention of giving it to someone who is not allowed to own a gun.

Straw purchases are currently only considered a “paper work offense” and are rarely prosecuted.

However, Rigell wants to make them a gun trafficking felony that could result in a 20-year prison term.

Click here to read more on this story from the Virginian Pilot.