(NEWSER– A bipartisan group of senators hatched a bill today that would increase penalties for so-called "straw purchasers" of firearms, the Washington Post reports. Sen. Patrick Leahy, announcing the deal, said anyone who illegally buys a gun for someone else would face up to 20 years in prison; the seller would be punished as well.

"The practice of straw purchasing is used for one thing—to put firearms into the hands of those that are prohibited by law from having them," said Leahy. "Many are then used to further violent crimes."

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