Gun laws in America are so convoluted that otherwise law-abiding citizens can find themselves on the wrong side of the legal system for increasingly absurd reasons. Such was the case with a former police officer who is now the subject of a U.S. Supreme Court case.
The high court began hearing testimony from Bruce James Abramski Jr. last. According to reports, he bought a firearm in Virginia. Though he claimed the purchase was for his own use, Abramski subsequently sold the handgun to his uncle, a resident of Pennsylvania.
He has since been indicted for making a false statement during the purchase, which his lawyer argues should be irrelevant considering both Abramski and his uncle were legally permitted to own the weapon.
While his defense revolves around Congress’ intent in passing the applicable law, government bureaucrats contend he technically violated the code and should therefore face criminal prosecution. Since he didn’t inform the seller of what he might do with the gun on some future date, federal prosecutors contend he prevented the gun dealer from conducting a background check on the handgun’s ultimate owner.
The Supreme Court’s decision, expected by early summer, will deal with the form Abramski filled out upon making the purchase. Justices will determine whether questions asked at that point – which originated with agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives – carry any legal penalty for those who provide false answers.
While Abramski’s lawyers will likely stick to the defense that Congress envisioned preventing legal gun owners from purchasing guns for criminals, there is little indication at this point regarding which way the court will rule.
The ongoing leftist campaign for gun control, however, relies heavily on curtailing the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens. While literally making a federal case out of a simple transfer of ownership between two family members, the government is notoriously silent about the rampant murder in states with strict gun control laws.
–B. Christopher Agee
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