SCOTUSblog: Abramski v. United States
18 U.S.C. § 922(a)(6); and (2) making a false statement with respect to information required to be kept in the records of a licensed firearms dealer — that is, that he was the actual buyer of the firearm, when in fact he was buying it for someone else — in contravention of 18 U.S.C. § 924(a)(1)(A). Abramski appealed and argued that he and his uncle were legally entitled to purchase and own the handgun, and as a result, his conduct was outside the purview of § 922(a)(6) and 924(a)(1)(A). Nonetheless, the Fourth Circuit affirmed his conviction.
Issue: The questions before the Court are (1) whether a gun buyer’s intent to sell a firearm to another lawful buyer in the future a fact is “material to the lawfulness of the sale” of the firearm under 18 U.S.C. § 922(a)(6); and (2) whether a gun buyer’s intent to sell a firearm to another lawful buyer in the future is a piece of information “required...to be kept” by a federally licensed firearm dealer under Section 924(a)(1)(A).
Holding: In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court ruled that Abramski's misrepresentation is material under the federal statute for making a false statement with respect to the information to be kept in the gun dealer's records.