PROBLEM: Each year thousands of guns purchased legally make their way into the hands of criminals through straw purchasers* and corrupt dealers. Insufficient federal enforcement enables corrupt dealers to stay in business. The U.S. Senate voted down an amendment to strengthen gun trafficking laws in April 2013.
SOLUTION: Strengthen enforcement against gun dealers who skirt the law by selling to straw purchasers or disregarding background checks.
TAKE ACTION: Please go to NYAGV’s Take Action! page and find out how you can help advocate for stronger federal gun trafficking laws.
*A straw purchase occurs when the actual buyer of a firearm is unable to pass the required federal background check, or does not want his or her full name associated with the purchase, and has someone else who can pass the required background check purchase the firearm for him or her.