Slayings spotlight Fla. gun laws
No penalty for "straw buyers" who purchase weapons for those who are prohibited
By Peter Jamison
Tampa Bay Times
OLDSMAR, Fla. — On probation for misdemeanor battery and for carrying a knife to his high school, Benjamin Bishop had no way to legally purchase the 12-gauge shotgun authorities say he used to kill his mother and her boyfriend Sunday.
Instead, the 18-year-old Oldsmar resident gave $279 to a friend, who bought the gun for him, sheriff's deputies said.
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