Federal law requires each buyer of a firearm complete a Firearms Transaction Record (ATF Form 4473) certifying he is the “actual buyer of the firearm.” The ATF Form 4473 warns the buyer he is not the actual buyer if he is “acquiring the firearm(s) on behalf of another person,” and making a false statement on the form is a federal crime.
According to the indictment, Morales-Martinez paid an unnamed co-conspirator to buy firearms and paid him a commission based on the number of guns he delivered. It is alleged this person bought some firearms himself and also recruited and paid others, including Blanco, to go to gun stores to illegally purchase the firearms as “straw buyers.” It is alleged the unnamed person instructed the straw buyers to go to several firearms dealers located in Oklahoma City and Woodward, who all were licensed by the ATF to sell firearms, to make the purchases and told them what firearms to buy.
Here's how it should work. When a person fills in that form stating that they themselves are the buyer of the gun, that triggers a registration record automatically. Sometime later they can expect a visit from local law enforcement. If they cannot produce the weapon at that time, they go straight to jail.
In a country where we've got thousands of people incarcerated for possession of marijuana, I don't think that's too severe. After one year of consistent enforcement, the business of straw purchasing will all but disappear.
What do you think? Is that a good plan, or what?
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