A divided Supreme Court upheld a federal law which prohibits people from buying a gun for another person, even though the person they are buying the gun for is legally allowed to own the gun. In 2009, Bruce James Adamski, Jr. was arrested for a suspected bank robbery in Rocky Mountain Virginia. Adamski was never charged for the bank robbery but during the course of investigating the robbery, police discovered that a few months earlier, Adamski had purchased a firearm which he had transferred to his uncle who lived in Easton Pennsylvania. About three days before he purchased the firearm, Adamski's uncle had written him a check and had written "Glock 19 handgun" in the memo section of the check. It turns out that Adamski, a former police officer, had used his police discount to buy the gun for his uncle. His uncle was legally allowed to own the firearm. On the form which had to be filled out when the gun was purchased Adamski had failed to disclose that he was not going to be the actual owner of the gun even though he was warned on the form that lying in response that question was against the law and would subject him to criminal prosecution. Adamski argued that he was not a straw purchaser because his uncle was legally allowed to own the gun. The trial court rejected Adamski's argument and the Court of Appeals agreed with the trial court. In a 5 to 4 decision, the United States Supreme Court agreed with the Court of Appeals and upheld Adamski's conviction. Adamski had argued that the law in question was intended to prevent guns from getting into the hands of people that had no right to own a gun. Since his uncle was legally allowed to own a gun, he did not commit a crime. The government argued that allowing Adamski to get away with lying would defeat their efforts to try to keep track of guns and prevent them from getting into the hands of people who should not own firearms.
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