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straw purchase Syllabification: straw pur·chase

Definition of straw purchase in English:

noun

US
A criminal act in which a person who is prohibited from buying firearms uses another person to buy a gun on their behalf.
Example sentences
  • The campaign is designed to train firearms retailers to better identify potential straw purchases and educate the public on the consequences of purchasing a firearm for someone who legally cannot make the transaction.
  • Dealers will learn what they can do to recognize and avoid a straw purchase.
  • Straw purchases were one of the most common schemes used by gun traffickers.

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