Senators reach deal to make gun trafficking a federal crime

I don't know if the claim that making someting a federal offense necessarily "strengthens" a law. Laws are strong or weak depending on enforcement. It seems to me that states should be encouraged to be more watchful and enforce the laws already on the books. Nevertheless, a bi-partisan group of Senators have come to an agreement about gun trafficking laws. Associated Press: A bipartisan group of senators signed onto legislation that would strengthen gun trafficking and straw purchasing laws by making both federal crimes, Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy announced Monday. "The practice of straw purchasing is used for one thing - to put firearms into the hands of those that are prohibited by law from having them. Many are then used to further violent crimes," Leahy, D-Vt., said in a statement. The bill will not only punish someone who acts as the straw purchaser - an individual who purchases a firearm for a person who is barred from owning one -it also will punish...(Read Full Post)