In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court of the United States decided that
individuals could not buy a firearm solely for the purpose of giving it
to someone else. The Court stressed that this decision would help stop
"sham" buyers from purchasing a gun and giving it to an individual
who could not lawfully purchase it.
The case arose from an individual purchasing a gun in Virginia and then
transferring possession to his uncle in Pennsylvania. Even though both
individual could legally purchase a firearm, the Court stated that it
was illegal to transfer firearms in that fashion.
In society today, any topic that deals with firearms is considered a hot
button issue. National media outlets jump at the opportunity to report
on this issue for the simple fact that the lines are clearly drawn between
individuals who would like more gun control and vice versa. Whether you
are for or against increased gun control laws, it is important to understand
the rights that all individuals have according to the United States Constitution.
The Second Amendment gives all individuals the right to bear arms. Throughout
the evolution of our society we have placed limits on that right. For
example, if an individual is a convicted felon he or she has lost the
right to be in possession of a firearm (this is true even in cases involving
non-violent crimes, including
sex crime convictions). Furthermore, we have limited the type of firearms we allow
individual to own. Some guns, mostly sophisticated military weaponry,
are not allowed to be purchased by general members of society.
It is important to read and understand all laws pertaining to guns and
their purchase in the state the individual resides. Gun laws can differ
from one state to another, which could cause the individual to break one
of these laws without even knowing it. This could lead to fines, jail
time, or having the gun taken away from your possession. In the end, it
is important to stay up to date on the every changing landscape of gun
laws throughout the United States.