Illegal Straw Purchases of Firearms in Virginia

A Threat to Every Community in Virginia

Straw Purchases = Illegal Gun Sales

The Problem of Illegal Straw Purchasing

Illegal straw purchases of firearms place firearms directly into the hands of those who intend harm. In Virginia, guns acquired this way have been traced back to numerous acts of violence, disrupting lives and devastating families.

What are Illegal Straw Purchases?

An illegal straw purchase occurs when someone who can legally buy a firearm does so with the intention of selling or transferring to another person who is prohibited from possessing guns. This deceptive act is a felony under Virginia and federal law, a serious crime with serious consequences.

Why are Illegal Straw Purchases a Problem?

Straw purchases put firearms into the hands of those legally prohibited from having them. This includes convicted violent felons, domestic abusers, illegal immigrants, and individuals with dangerous mental health issues. Each straw purchase is a potential risk to public safety.

What Ceasefire Virginia is Doing to Stop Illegal Straw Purchasing

Ceasefire Virginia is at the forefront of tackling this issue. Through awareness campaigns, educational programs, and advocacy, and enhanced resources for law enforcement and prosecutors, we are working tirelessly to combat illegal firearms to make our communities safer. Our efforts include:

Enhanced Prosecution

$5 million in community grants to community, law enforcement and Virginia Commonwealth’s Attorneys offices to facilitate the prevention, investigation, and prosecution of illegal firearm offenses.

Public Awareness Campaigns

Educating Virginians about the dangers and legal consequences of straw purchasing.

Policy Advocacy

Working with lawmakers to tighten regulations around gun sales and increase penalties for straw purchasers.

Community Engagement

Partnering with local organizations and law enforcement to identify and intervene in potential straw purchasing rings.

What Can You Do to Help Stop Illegal Straw Purchases?

Every Virginian can play a part in stopping straw purchases. Here’s how:

  • Stay Informed 
    Learn the signs of potential straw purchasing activity and report any suspicions to law enforcement using your local crime tipline.

  • Advocate 
    Support local and state efforts to enforce existing laws and enact stronger regulations against straw purchasing.

  • Educate Others 
    Share this page and talk with friends and family about the importance of legal, responsible gun ownership and the dangers of straw purchasing.

Together, We Can Create a Safer Virginia

Take action now. Your involvement makes a difference.

The fight against illegal straw purchasing is critical to the safety and well-being of our communities. Every gun that does not fall into the wrong hands is a potential life saved. Join Ceasefire Virginia in our effort to stop illegal straw purchases and build a future where everyone can live free from the fear of gun violence.