A North Dakota- based Airman is reported to have partaken in an illegal “straw purchase” of a firearm that was later used to shoot a female Airman in what has now been deemed by some to be an act of domestic violence.
A1C Daesha Heard has been charged in federal court for purchasing a firearm for A1C Julian Torres, who at the time was too young to purchase a Glock 22C handgun.
Torres told Heard that if she “gifted” him the weapon, it would be a legal transfer.
A legal complaint later revealed that Torres chose the Glock 22C because “he liked the way it looked and liked the fact that it had extended magazine options.”
It is unknown what is meant by the latter comment, as being a full-size handgun, the G22C has the largest standard magazine Glock offers for 40 S&W, outside of those intended for pistol-caliber carbines.
Heard and Torres later returned to the store from Grand Forks AFB, purchasing the handgun, a box of ammunition and an aftermarket magazine.
According to the Air Force Times, Torres later used the .40 S&W handgun to kill A1C Natasha Aposhian, who had broken up with him the day prior.
“She said, ‘I’m afraid he’s going to kill me, Mom. I feel like I need to get an order of protection,” mother Megan Aposhian said of her daughter. “She did express that she was afraid of him and thought he was going to shoot her. I don’t know why.”
Known as a “straw purchase,” the act of buying a firearm for someone who is prohibited is not permitted under federal law, and Question 11a. of ATF Form 4473 explicitly asks if “You are not the actual transferee/buyer if you are acquiring the firearm(s) on behalf of another person.”
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