So-called straw purchases of guns by drug traffickers would be targeted under legislation introduced by U.S. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine.
She says too often, criminals are trading drugs for guns, including in Maine, according to federal officials.
“Law enforcement’s investigation revealed that they had gotten the firearms by trading for narcotics in Bangor, Maine,” she says.
Collins says right now there is no federal law that makes straw purchasing a crime. The only offense that can be used against the straw purchasers is lying on a federal form.