Q: A father and son came in the store together to purchase a handgun for the son. The son is at least 18 but under 21. (Michigan law allows an 18 year old to own a handgun; of course, federal law states that a handgun buyer must be 21 to buy from a licensed dealer.) For years, our understanding in this scenario is that for the dealer to have the knowledge that the parent is buying for their 18-20 year old child, is that the parent may legally purchase the firearm in their own name, leave the store, and transfer the firearm to their 18-20 year old child after the child acquires a purchase permit from the state to officially acquire the firearm. Our local law enforcement disagrees with us and believes this would constitute a straw purchase when we make the sale to the parent. Does this constitute a straw purchase or a legal sale?
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