Straw purchase or no?


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Grassman
October 2, 2012, 08:28 PM
So I recently bought a pistol for my sister in law, to give to her husband(my brother) for their 20th anniversary. She had no clue what to get, or even the process. She has no criminal record of any kind, not that that matters. I'm not too worried about it, but was just wondering.

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monotonous_iterancy
October 2, 2012, 08:31 PM
If you purchased it with your own money, neither of them are a prohibited person, and it was bought as a gift, then I think you're fine legally.

medalguy
October 2, 2012, 08:33 PM
Correct. The other half is, if she gave you the money, and you bought it and turned it over to her to give to her husband, that was a straw purchase on behalf of her.

Whether she was a prohibited person or not has no bearing on it. Same with her husband.

Sam1911
October 2, 2012, 10:10 PM
Gifts are not straw purchases. "Follow the money" is usually a pretty good indicator of whether a straw purchase is taking place. You buying a gift for your brother is fine.

You taking money from your sister to go buy a gun in her stead is not fine.

dogtown tom
October 3, 2012, 12:32 AM
Grassman So I recently bought a pistol for my sister in law, to give to her husband(my brother) for their 20th anniversary. She had no clue what to get, or even the process. She has no criminal record of any kind, not that that matters. I'm not too worried about it, but was just wondering.
If you used your own $$$ to purchase the gun, and GAVE your SIL the firearm......not a straw purchase.

If your SIL gave you $$$$ to purchase the firearm she will gift to her husband....it IS a straw purchase. You were not the actual buyer/transferee.

OldMac
October 3, 2012, 08:23 AM
I Spoke with bafte agents before a similar purchase recently. I accepted money from a pool af people in the office to purchase a retirement gift. They said accepting other peoples money in this case is fine. In fact they said i could even put the details on the form if it made me feel better. I stated the recipients name and the fact that the funds were only partially mine since i also donated to the pool. I think you are fine. They are not all mindless goons trying to get you. Talk to them anonymously if you want to put your mind at ease. Clearly this was a gift from both of you.

CoRoMo
October 3, 2012, 05:26 PM
Sounds like you made a straw purchase in her place.

It was a gift from her to him, but as you stated, she wasn't knowledgeable enough in the world of guns to accomplish the acquisition, so you stepped in and conducted the transaction. I don't suppose that you used your own money without her reimbursing you because this is a gift from her.

Straw purchase. It happens dozens, if not hundreds of times every single day in this country and it is technically a crime.

Grassman
October 3, 2012, 07:13 PM
Come get me feds.....

Sam1911
October 3, 2012, 07:15 PM
While we generally try to encourage people not to admit to federal felonies on the open forum, what's done is done. Let's call it answered and let it drop.

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