DA to announce straw purchase gun arrests

Inquirer staff writer Joseph A. Slobodzian reoprts:

Philadelphia District Attorney Lynne Abraham is announcing this morning the arrests of 17 people charged with buying handguns for juveniles.

Abraham also will announce the creation of a new program that targets adults who make so-called straw purchases of guns for those under age 18. Each juvenile arrest in which a gun is recovered will be referred to the Gun Violence Task Force to investigate who provided the weaspon to the juvenile.

State law bars anyone under 18 from buying or possessing a handgun and Abraham said an adult who buys and provides a handgun is guilty of a third-degree felony that carries a prison term of up to seven years.

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