The U.S. Supreme Court is cracking down on "straw" gun purchases. In a five-to-four decision, the justices ruled that anyone who's buying a gun for someone else must provide that person's information, even if the person is legally allowed to own a gun. Richard Pearson with the Illinois Rifle Association says that's something he fully agrees with.
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The justices say failing to provide the information minimizes the government's efforts to conduct proper background checks. The whole idea behind the background checks is to make sure guns aren't getting into the hands of criminals or people who're mentally ill. City leaders in high-crime areas, like Chicago and East St. Louis, say they're having a tough time keeping illegal guns off the street; most are bought through straw purchases. They say that's the number-one reason why gang members and criminals are getting access to so many guns.
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