Bill would stiffen penalties for straw purchases
(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.