Supreme Court rules on "straw purchaser" law

Updated: 06/16/2014 2:31 PM
Created: 06/16/2014 12:02 PM WHEC.com

A ruling from the Supreme Court upholds a federal law with a big role in the criminal case surrounding the West Webster tragedy.

The nation's highest court ruled federal law does not allow a straw purchaser to buy a gun for someone else even if both people can legally own a firearm.

This involves the case of a man who bought a gun in Virginia in 2009 and later transferred it to his uncle in Pennsylvania. The man argued the law shouldn't apply to him since he and his uncle could both legally own the weapon.

This law is at the center of the federal case against Dawn Nguyen. She's accused in federal court of being the straw purchaser for William Spengler.

Police say Spengler used the gun she bought to shoot and kill West Webster firefighters Tomasz Kaczowka and Mike Chiapperini. Firefighters Ted Scardino and Joseph Hofstetter were injured.

It's important to note in this case that Spengler was a convicted felon and could not by law own a gun.


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