Thursday, October 18, 2012

Pennsylvania Getting Tougher on Straw Purchasing in a Bumbling Sort of Way reports

PEOPLE WHO BUY guns and then hand them over to criminals could soon face a mandatory five-year prison sentence, thanks to a bill passed unanimously by the state Senate Wednesday.

The bill would create a five-to-10-year sentence for any offender convicted of making multiple "straw purchases" of guns. It passed overwhelmingly in the state House last year and now goes to Gov. Corbett, who is expected to sign it into law.

Straw purchasing - buying a gun for a person who can't legally buy one because of a criminal record - drew attention last month after authorities determined that the gun used to kill Plymouth Township Police Officer Bradley Fox had been illegally purchased. The man who officials say bought that gun is accused of buying eight others for the cop's alleged shooter, Andrew Thomas, in a four-month period.

In Philadelphia, guns were used to commit more than 80 percent of the city's homicides in 2011, and more than 3,000 illegal guns were recovered by police during the same time period, according to the District Attorney's Office.
This is good, we should definitely take gun crimes like straw purchasing more seriously, but I'm afraid it doesn't go far enough. The only people caught up in this are the rare cases when a gun which is used in a serious crime is traced back to the original buyer.  Thanks to the NRA and the gun-rights fanatics who oppose any and all laws, tracing guns back to original buyers is not that easy.

I have a better plan. Straw Purchasing - The Solution. It works like this.
Any gun purchaser must be licensed and each weapon bought must be registered to him.

The registration document and firearm must be presented to the local police after three months from purchase and each year thereafter in order to receive a stamp allowing continuance of the legal registration.

Failure to present oneself will result in issuance of an arrest warrant.
Now, that's the way to stop straw purchasing. The combination of licensing owners and registering weapons as well as stiffer sentencing for straw purchasing will put an end to it.

What do you think?  Please leave a comment.


  1. You have a plan. It's a plan to make confiscation and bans much easier. It's a plan that would achieve little of your stated goals. But it's a plan. That qualifies you to run for office.

    Don't plan to see your plan become law.

  2. Mike- Personally, I don't mind your plan. But one thing would have to happen for me to support it 100%. The Constitution would have to be Amended to say that no government agency can infringe on an individuals rights to own firearms. Something of that nature.

  3. Your plan would make it nice and easy for the criminals who get let out of prison early to make room for all the gun owners. Aside from that, what was so "hard" for the cops to trace the gun? Can you elaborate? It sounds like you are just saying they don't do this for smaller crimes, but what does that have to do with the NRA?