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    Friday, February 6, 2009 6:04 AM EST
    By SHAUN BYRON
    Of The Oakland Press

    Ten years in prison is a long time to think about getting a bad case of buyer’s remorse. And that is what law enforcement officials hope people think rather than buying a firearm for someone who can’t lawfully own one. The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s Project Safe Neighborhoods and the National Shooting Sports Foundation are all sponsors of the national “Don’t Lie for the Other Guy” campaign.

    It was announced during a Tuesday press conference that key cities across the country have been identified to launch the campaign, which included Pontiac.

    The focus is to educate the public about the penalties involved in purchasing a firearm for a convicted felon, minor, someone living illegally in the United States or anyone determined by a court of law to be “mentally defective.”

    If caught and convicted, a buyer can face 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.


    “Keeping legal firearms out of the hands of criminals and other prohibited persons is a tough job that requires partnership. ATF is proud to partner with the firearms industry and the National Shooting Sports Foundation to tackle this problem,” said Special Agent in Charge Thomas Brandon of the ATF Detroit Field Division in a written statement.

    The U.S. Department of Justice reports 40 percent of criminals get firearms from friends or family; another 40 percent get the firearms through other illegal sources.

    Less than 8 percent of people obtain a firearm illegally by getting another person to make the purchase.

    According to the campaign’s Web site, the firearms industry “takes very seriously the criminal acquisition and misuse of its products,” and must make certain “arms dealers are as prepared as possible to recognize and stop any would-be” illegal purchase.

    To spread the campaign's message, 89 posters and eight billboards will be dispersed in the Detroit, Pontiac and Saginaw areas. Some of the signs will have information written in Spanish. Another 18 posters and two billboards will go up in the Flint area.

    There also are plans for advertisements that will air on local television and radio stations.

    Already a billboard carrying the message has gone up on Interstate 75 near M-24, and others are soon to be placed in and around the city.

    Another billboard is planned for Joslyn Avenue, near First Avenue, north of Montcalm Street. Firearms dealers also will be

    trained on how to detect someone attempting to buy a firearm for a prohibited person.

    Pontiac Police Chief Val Gross said he supports anything that will educate the public and get guns off the streets.

    “Anything that educates people about guns and keeps down the violence, I am all for it,” he said. “There have been issues of the wrong people getting their hands on guns or easy access of handguns and we have to do something about that.”


    Contact staff writer Shaun Byron at

    (248) 745-4685 or shaun.byron@oakpress.com.

    http://www.theoaklandpress.com/


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    Isn't this already illegal? More GD gun laws. And really how often does straw man purchase happen, any statistics?
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    According tothe DoJ, of the total number of criminals obtaining firearms illegally, less than 8% are strawman purchases.

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    SpringerXDacp wrote:
    According tothe DoJ, of the total number of criminals obtaining firearms illegally, less than 8% are strawman purchases.
    Thanks, but what is that in actual numbers?
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    Venator wrote:
    SpringerXDacp wrote:
    According tothe DoJ, of the total number of criminals obtaining firearms illegally, less than 8% are strawman purchases.
    Thanks, but what is that in actual numbers?

    Ohhhh!!! You want details? :P Still looking....

    ETA: This is what I've found so far: http://www.mayorsagainstillegalguns....port_final.pdf


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    Pontiac Police Chief Val Gross said he supports anything that will educate the public and get guns off the streets.

    Anything that educates people about guns and keeps down the violence, I am all for it,” he said.
    Maybe he would like to attend an informational luncheon?

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    dougwg wrote:
    Pontiac Police Chief Val Gross said he supports anything that will educate the public and get guns off the streets.

    Anything that educates people about guns and keeps down the violence, I am all for it,” he said.
    Maybe he would like to attend an informational luncheon?

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    I suspect, when the masses see all the billboards, TV ads and hear the radio announcements in Michigan, it will make it just that much more difficult in our attempts to desensitize the anti's of our lawfully, exposed, holstered guns.

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