On Christmas Eve of 2012, the Rochester area was rocked by the news of the shooting death of two volunteer firefighters as they arrived at the scene of house fire. The shooter, a convicted criminal who could not legally purchase or own guns was able to get his hands on them thanks to a woman willing to be a “straw purchaser” and buy the guns for him. He was killed during the police response and she was later caught and convicted in both federal and state court.
I’m sure a lot of folks around here assumed this was an isolated incident given NY’s fairly strict gun laws, but the truth is lots of young women make a living purchasing guns for those who legally can’t do so themselves. Many of the guns are purchased in Southern states with loose gun regulations and then resold in many Northeastern states, NY being one of the more frequent destinations.