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Friday, February 22, 2013

Legislators, Law Enforcement Say "Straw Man" Laws "Message" Bills

This story in the Virginian Pilot quotes Virginia state and federal legislators admitting that "Straw Man" legislation aimed at preventing prohibited individuals from getting firearms are more symbolism than substance. The laws are intended to send a message rather than expected to be effective. For instance:
" A recent study for Virginia lawmakers estimated that the proposed state bill would result in one or two additional convictions annually in the state. And an analysis by The Virginian-Pilot of state Supreme Court records shows that local prosecutors seldom enforce straw purchase charges even though the practice is illegal."

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