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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 straw purchase was identified as the major source of crime guns in Maryland.
  • A straw purchase is illegal, but if I'm the one selling the guns, how do I know you're not buying them for yourself?
  • Participating in a straw purchase is a felony.

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