Supreme Court Affirms Gun Restrictions

In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court ruled that federal law does not allow someone to buy someone else a firearm even if both are legally eligible to own firearms. This decision arose out of a case in Virginia, where Bruce James Ambramski bought a Glock 19 handgun and then later transferred it to his uncle in Pennsylvania. Federal officials brought charges against Ambramski because he had assured the Virginia weapons dealer that he was the actual buyer of the weapon, when in actuality he had already agreed to purchase it for his uncle.

Justice Kagan, author of the majority opinion, said that the system of background checks means very little if a would-be gun buyer could evade them by having someone else purchase the gun and fill out the paperwork.

The court was split by political ideology—the conservative judges dissenting and the liberal judges joining the majority. The court’s swing vote, Justice Kennedy, sided with the liberal justices.

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