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Supreme Court to hear appeal over gun buying conviction for former Roanoke police officer

Published On: Dec 24 2013 11:19:12 AM EST
Updated On: Oct 15 2013 10:04:35 AM EDT
Bruce James Abramski Jr.

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- -

The Supreme Court will decide whether a Virginia man should have been convicted of being a "straw purchaser" after buying a gun in-state and selling it to his uncle in Pennsylvania.

The high court on Tuesday agreed to hear an appeal from Bruce James Abramski, Jr., a former Roanoke City police officer. Abramski bought a Glock 19 handgun in Collinsville, Va., in 2009 and transferred it to his uncle in Easton, Pa.

Federal official say Abramski had assured the Virginia dealer he was the "actual buyer" of the weapon when he already had discussed with his uncle how he would buy the Pennsylvania man a weapon with his police discount.

Abramski says since both he and his uncle were legally allowed to own guns, the law shouldn't have applied to him.

Abramski was charged with robbing the Franklin Community Bank in 2009.  Those state charges were later dropped because of a lack of evidence.