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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.
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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.

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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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