ATFE looking into NYC gun "stings"
The ATFE is looking into NY City's 'straw man' stings. The alleged straw man buys were made by private investigators under contract to a firm hired by the city.
I wouldn't hold my breath on this, but *if* those were straw man buys, then the investigators are caught cold on multiple felonies -- and city officials would be on the line for aiding and abetting and for conspiracy. It'd be all the clearer since the modern 4473 requires the buyer to certify that he is buying for himself and not for anyone else, and making a false certification on the 4473 is a felony (under GCA 68 and also under the all-purpose making false statements, 18 USC 1001).
So to worm out, the city might claim "well, they weren't REAL straw man sales, we just faked it." That doesn't do their civil lawsuit much good. "It really WAS for me, but we made it look as if it was for him, so the dealer should be liable for having gone with the reality rather than with our act."