Attorney General Beau Biden and nine other attorneys general have filed a brief with the Supreme Court of the United States supporting the law that requires buyers of firearms to disclose their identities when undergoing a background check.
The brief was filed in the case of Abramski versus United States, in which a Virginia man is challenging his conviction under a federal law after he purchased a weapon for a relative, but claimed the gun was for himself.
"The federal background check system has made us safer by stopping more than 2 million criminals and other dangerous individuals from buying guns," Biden said. Biden and the attorneys general argue that weakening laws against straw purchases will make it easier for criminals and other persons prohibited from possessing weapons under federal and state laws to get around background check requirements and obtain guns.
Biden was joined by the attorneys general of Hawaii, Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Oregon, and the District of Columbia.