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March 16, 2013
A Montgomery County man was arrested Friday and charged with making straw purchases of handguns, in one case in exchange for heroin, authorities said. Michael Veneziale, 25, of Hatfield, bought 15 guns over three years, investigators said. One of Veneziale's buyers, Jose Torres, was later shot dead by police in Kensington as Torres pointed a gun at officers. After his arrest, Veneziale admitted he had bought a 9mm Glock for Torres in exchange for three bundles of heroin, said Tasha Jamerson, spokeswoman for the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office.
NEWS
May 29, 2006
The National Rifle Association has stock arguments it uses when anyone suggests new firearm regulations, including one-handgun-per-month purchase limits. Two bills languishing in Pennsylvania propose such a limit. The legislation is meant to make it harder to buy handguns - the weapon most often used in Philadelphia homicides - through a transaction known as a straw purchase. In a straw-purchase scheme, a felon, barred by law from buying guns, recruits someone who can legally buy numerous guns at one time.
NEWS
May 26, 2009
If there's any justice in a courtroom in Philadelphia today, a judge will find 12 faith-based activists not guilty of trespassing charges. The defendants are surely guilty. They are guilty of trying to stem the bloody tide of gun violence in the city. They were arrested in January at Colosimo's Gun Center on Spring Garden Street, where they attempted to get owner James Colosimo to sign a code of conduct to reduce "straw purchases" of handguns. Colosimo has refused. Their targets include other gun shops, although Colosimo's is the worst source of handguns used in crimes on city streets.
NEWS
June 19, 2009 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Two key provisions of Philadelphia's latest attempt to impose local gun controls - banning assault weapons and "straw purchases" of handguns - were invalidated yesterday by a state appeals court. Following judicial precedent that doomed previous Philadelphia gun-control laws, Commonwealth Court held that the state Supreme Court ruled in 1996 that only the legislature has the authority to enact gun laws. Counties and municipal governments are out of luck. But the 6-1 majority in Commonwealth Court affirmed part of the 2008 decision of then-Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Jane Cutler Greenspan and allowed three other provisions.
NEWS
October 9, 2008 | By Amy Worden INQUIRER HARRISBURG BUREAU
A bill targeting illegal purchases of firearms like the one used last month in the shooting death of Philadelphia Police Officer Patrick McDonald won unanimous approval yesterday in both houses of the Pennsylvania legislature. House Bill 1845 stiffens the penalty for shooting - or shooting at - police officers and increases the punishment for many offenses related to so-called straw purchases of firearms that often end up being used in violent crimes. Gov. Rendell said last night he would sign the bill.
NEWS
March 20, 2008
IT'S HARDER to get lawmakers in Harrisburg to put their positions on the mandatory reporting of lost handguns on the record than to disarm dangerous felons. Case in point: Nineteen busloads of concerned citizens and law-enforcement officials made the pilgrimage to the state Capitol to demand action on a bill that would simply require handgun owners to report their weapons missing or stolen. The bill is meant to reduce straw purchases by people who buy guns for felons or others who are prohibited from buying them.
NEWS
April 10, 2007 | By Robert Moran INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The father of Twanita Johnson's baby needed a gun, but he couldn't buy one, because he's a convict. So Johnson, 21, who had no criminal record, went to a Bucks County gun shop and bought her baby's father a Smith & Wesson .40-caliber pistol, law-enforcement officials said. Yesterday, the recently formed Gun Violence Task Force announced that arrest warrants had been obtained for Johnson and 13 others accused of committing illegal "straw" purchases. The task force, a joint effort of District Attorney Lynne M. Abraham and state Attorney General Tom Corbett, has opened more than 70 investigations since being launched with a $5 million state grant last year.
NEWS
April 10, 2007 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
The father of Twanita Johnson's baby needed a gun, but he couldn't buy one, because he's a convict. So Johnson, 21, who had no criminal record, went to a Bucks County gun shop and bought her baby's father a Smith & Wesson .40-caliber pistol, law-enforcement officials said. Yesterday, the recently formed Gun Violence Task Force announced that arrest warrants had been obtained for Johnson and 13 others accused of committing illegal "straw" purchases. The task force, a joint effort of District Attorney Lynne M. Abraham and state Attorney General Tom Corbett, has opened more than 70 investigations since being launched with a $5 million state grant last year.
NEWS
January 17, 2006
RE YOUR recent editorial "A Resolution for 2006": The News calls for restrictions on handgun purchases to one a month as though this has proven to be effective in reducing murder rates in other cities. If one-gun-a-month legislation works, please tell me why D.C. has one of the highest murder rates in the country? After all, they currently have a no-handguns-a-month law which effectively eliminates all so-called straw purchases. I find it disturbing that you would impede the rights of law-abiding gun owners without any evidence to suggest that restrictions on how many guns can be purchased in a month will actually decrease the murder rate.
NEWS
March 16, 2013 | By Sam Wood, PHILLY.COM
A Montgomery County man, who allegedly made straw purchases of handguns in exchange for heroin, was arrested Friday and charged with numerous weapons counts. Michael Veneziale, of Hatfield, bought 15 guns during a three-year period, investigators said. One of Veneziale's buyers, Jose Torres, was later shot dead by police in Kensington as Torres pointed a gun at officers. After his arrest, the 25-year-old Veneziale admitted he bought a 9mm Glock for Torres in exchange for three bundles of heroin, said Tasha Jamerson, spokeswoman for the Philadelphia District Attorney's office.
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ISSUE | CLINTON Euphoria vote I would like a recent letter writer, or anyone else, to please let me know what Hillary Clinton has done to make her the most qualified presidential contender ("Clinton critics," April 27). As first lady, her health-care program didn't work out. As a senator from New York - where my cat could be elected if running on the Democratic ticket - she didn't pass one piece of significant legislation. And as secretary of state, with the Russian reset, Iran nukes, and more, well, how's that working out?
NEWS
October 22, 2014 | By Amy Worden, Inquirer Staff Writer
HARRISBURG - In the final minutes of the legislative session, the House on Monday approved a bill clearing the way for the National Rifle Association and other groups to sue local municipalities, among them Philadelphia, that enact ordinances stricter than state firearms laws. The bill, approved by a 138-56 vote, will grant legal standing to "membership organizations" to sue over local gun laws, and collect legal fees and other costs if they win. Mayor Nutter said Monday before the vote that he was "profoundly opposed" to the bill, which he said increases the vulnerability of municipalities trying to combat gun violence to lawsuits by pro-gun advocates.
NEWS
June 20, 2014
IN A RARE victory for common sense in the gun debate, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that the federal ban on "straw" purchases can be enforced even if the person who eventually gets the gun is legally allowed to have one. The 5-4 decision was written by Justice Elena Kagan. Justice Anthony Kennedy, a frequent swing vote, voted with the majority. Kagan found that any other reading of the statute, which prevents someone from buying a gun for someone else, would gut the federal law. The case involved a Virginia man who bought a Glock handgun for his uncle who lived in Pennsylvania.
NEWS
May 8, 2014 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
PER CAPITA, Chester marked four times as many slayings as Philadelphia last year. This year, it's on track to see six times as many. As U.S. Attorney Zane Memeger said, Chester's crime stats are "astronomical. " Even as law-enforcement officials from across the region gathered at the Delaware County Courthouse in Media yesterday to announce "Operation City Surge," a plan to flood Chester's streets with additional manpower to address the growing violence, a man was shot in Chester, at 21st Street near Edgmont Avenue, about 1:30 p.m. He was not expected to survive.
NEWS
August 28, 2013 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
Freddie Henriquez apologized for using Facebook to urge associates to "kill all rats" - specifically a woman who was a witness against his friend in a gun case. His threats and gangsta slang were all co-opted from popular rap songs, Henriquez, 20, told Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Robert P. Coleman on Monday. Poseur or not, Henriquez's sentence was real: 111/2 to 23 months in prison, followed by five years' probation. "I want to completely apologize for everything I've done," the baby-faced Henriquez told Coleman.
NEWS
June 5, 2013 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
A WEST CHESTER man learned over the weekend that buying guns for those who can't legally buy their own is illegal and can get you locked up. Kurt Kramer, 24, was charged with making a false written statement in conjunction with the purchase of a firearm, conspiracy, tampering with public records, unsworn falsification and possession of marijuana after members of the District Attorney's Office and the Attorney General's Gun Violence Task Force busted...
NEWS
June 2, 2013 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Stacie Dawson has a chance to become a first in Pennsylvania criminal history. Under the new "Brad Fox Law," named for a fallen Plymouth Township police officer, the 21-year-old Chester woman could end up spending the next five years behind bars. The law, which went into effect in the fall, is aimed at toughening penalties for those who purchase guns for convicted felons. Dawson, charged Thursday, could become the first sentenced. In September, Fox was killed in the line of duty while pursuing a hit-and-run suspect who had illegally purchased guns from another individual.
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May 3, 2013 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
POLICE HAVE arrested a Frankford man on gun and conspiracy charges after he admitted he bought two handguns for someone else, an offense called straw purchasing. William Santore, 24, of Jackson Street near Wakeling, told detectives he purchased a 9 mm Astra semiautomatic handgun and a .40-caliber Steyr semiautomatic handgun on March 26 at a city gun shop for a man he identified only as "Fat Cat," according to the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office. Authorities discovered the illegal buy after police recovered one of the illicit guns when they arrested Jonathan Sanchez on April 16 in Frankford on burglary and gun charges.
NEWS
March 16, 2013 | By Sam Wood, PHILLY.COM
A Montgomery County man, who allegedly made straw purchases of handguns in exchange for heroin, was arrested Friday and charged with numerous weapons counts. Michael Veneziale, of Hatfield, bought 15 guns during a three-year period, investigators said. One of Veneziale's buyers, Jose Torres, was later shot dead by police in Kensington as Torres pointed a gun at officers. After his arrest, the 25-year-old Veneziale admitted he bought a 9mm Glock for Torres in exchange for three bundles of heroin, said Tasha Jamerson, spokeswoman for the Philadelphia District Attorney's office.
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