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When a person buys a gun on someone else’s behalf, it is a straw purchase. People that cannot pass a Brady background check or want to avoid a paper trail—particularly gun traffickers and other criminals - use straw purchasing to obtain guns illegally.

The guns used in crimes don't just "grow on trees" and criminals aren't manufacturing them in their basements. In reality, nearly all crime guns are purchased initially at a licensed dealer, and later diverted to the underground, illegal market.


Holding bad apple gun dealers accountable for their illegal actions makes a difference. When bad apples reform their business practices, less guns are on our streets, making our communities that much safer.


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