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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