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The only way this transaction could have been carried out and be immune from prosecution is if the Virginia gun dealer did not physically release the gun to Abramski, but instead transferred it from one FFL to the other FFL in Pennsylvania to become a dealer-originated sale in PA.

But the whole idea behind this was to get the "cop discount" at the VA gun store. For handguns this buyer's agent proxy stuff to effect a purchase of origin outside of your home state is not possible.
Here's some more backstory. I went into PACER and found the original criminal complaint that also says which gun stores were involved in the sale:

Did some more poking around to see if I could find the original news articles of the arrest. This is the most complete one I could find. Photo of him is from an amateur kickboxing circuit he's in.

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Quote:CALLAWAY -- Everything changed the moment the cuffs clicked around his wrists, Bruce Abramski Jr. said.

"My word meant nothing," the former Roanoke police officer recalled in an interview last week at his parents' Franklin County home, where he is under house arrest awaiting trial on federal firearms charges. "My life has been turned into a coin toss."

Since the summer, Abramski, 26, has been accused of bank robbery, seen those charges dropped, then been charged with two counts of lying on paperwork connected to his purchase of a pistol for his uncle. He has been accused of plotting a massacre of law enforcement officers. He has spent about four of the past six months in jail.

The ordeal has given the former lawman a very different understanding of the workings of law enforcement and the courts, and of the value of family and friends.

Whether told by prosecutors or by Abramski himself, the story of his experiences during the past half-year is a tangled mix of accusations and strife, of the slow healing of a split with his wife and the destruction of a friendship with a fellow police officer.

It started, more or less, with a Nov. 12, 2009, holdup at the Franklin Community Bank in Rocky Mount. A masked, hooded gunman took about $4,000. Soon, Abramski's co-workers on the police force were telling him that FBI agents were asking questions about him. As the months went by, he was sure he was being followed.

Abramski's relatives have said it seems preposterous that he would be suspected of robbing a bank where he did his own business. Abramski's wife, Mary Abramski, had worked full time at the bank until Autumn's birth, then returned to work part time until leaving a few months before the robbery.

The tellers who were held up "were women who had worked with my wife for four or five years. They had been to our home," Abramski said.

Abramski recognized that he might draw notice as investigators looking into the robbery examined bank employees and their families. He was fired from the Roanoke Police Department in December 2007 after being suspected of taking money -- something he denied, but said he couldn't fight because he was still in his probationary first year on the force.

And investigators would see that his and his wife's finances were dire, their house was headed into foreclosure, his car into repossession.

Abramski hired an attorney, Bill Cleaveland of Roanoke, and hoped to meet with the robbery investigators to clear things up.

A confusing sequence of events in late June changed everything.

On June 20, Mary Abramski took their daughter and left, tired of what he termed his inappropriate, but not physical, relationship with another woman. With his house sliding into foreclosure, Abramski soon left as well. He moved in with his parents in Callaway.

On the night of June 22, Abramski and his father, retired New York police Lt. Bruce Abramski Sr., said they heard the alarm on one of their cars in the driveway of the secluded home. The two men ran outside, fearing a stalker who they said for years had harassed Monsita Abramski, Bruce Sr.'s wife and Bruce Jr.'s mother.

Bruce Jr., with flashlight and pistol, went into the woods; he said he was chasing someone he heard running. He fired several shots. Sheriff's deputies were called and searched with dogs, but found no trace of an intruder.

The next day, Dustin Moricle, a Roanoke police officer who attended the police academy with the younger Abramski and said he considered him his best friend, heard about the shooting. He also had heard Abramski was being investigated in the bank robbery.

Moricle found a bank security photo online. It was Abramski, he told investigators.

He later testified that he told his police supervisor and Mary Abramski he thought Abramski was the robber.

Three days later, Abramski and Moricle met at the Lowe's in Rocky Mount, where Abramski was a security guard.

Abramski said he had lost his wife, child, home and car, and was under investigation in the bank robbery, Moricle testified in court. He said he felt like killing himself and Franklin County deputies and Roanoke police officers, Moricle said.

Moricle told his friend he had talked to FBI agents about the holdup. He didn't say he had fingered Abramski as the robber.

After what he called an agonizing weekend, Moricle said he told his supervisors and the FBI about the threats against law officers. Warrants were issued for Abramski's arrest on charges of bank robbery and using a firearm to commit a crime.

On July 1, Abramski heard about the warrants from his father, who had learned of them from his daughter, who in turn had heard from Moricle after running into him at the Macado's restaurant near Tanglewood Mall.

Bruce Abramski Jr. went to the Franklin County Sheriff's Office to surrender. A heavily armed tactical team met him, and Abramski found himself jailed without bond.

Abramski insisted he is completely innocent of the bank robbery and said he never made threats against police. He said prosecutors have portrayed him as far more desperate than he really was.

"I lost my car, but I walked or rode my bike to work," he said. "Mary and I had a fight and separated, but we were working on it and got back together.

"I was at my lowest point as far as my relationship and looking to the future, but I wasn't curled in a ball in the corner."

Abramski called it mortifying to sit in court waiting for his hearings, recognizing the officers there for other cases.

"Some would give me a nod. Some would say, 'I'm sorry about what's going on with you.' Some wouldn't say anything. Some would give me the evil eye," Abramski said.

At the Western Virginia Regional Jail -- where he'd applied for a job in 2009 and was so sure he'd get it that he quit work as a drugstore manager -- Abramski was held in isolation because of his police background. The threat allegations meant he was kept in leg irons and handcuffs during the hour each day he was allowed out of his cell.

"It was the worst experience I had, pretty much," Abramski said. "It was sad. There is nothing to be happy about in jail. You miss your family so much, and in isolation, you have nothing to do but think."

What he kept thinking, he said, was, "I was wrongly accused and I could be in jail the rest of my life."

Some fellow prisoners offered encouragement, he said, as did some of the jailers.

Others, though, taunted him. One guard told him that "some girl named Mary -- knowing it was my wife" had agreed to testify against him.

Another time, a guard said Abramski was "going to fry" because investigators had found bank money bags at his home.

The bags turned out to be zippered pouches that Franklin Community Bank gave away as promotional items. His family had used them at a car show where they had worked, Abramski said.

He was similarly surprised at other details of the case to spill from courtrooms and news accounts.

Much was made of Abramski's experience as a martial arts cage fighter. Abramski said he started cage fighting in early 2008, working out with friends who competed in martial arts. He fought several times, but mostly was a corner man to support others.

"I'm not a violent person," Abramski said.

On Oct. 15, Franklin County Commonwealth's Attorney Cliff Hapgood dropped the bank robbery charges, saying federal investigators had not handed over important evidence. Abramski was freed from jail.

Six weeks later, he was taken back into custody after being charged with two federal firearms violations.

He is accused of lying on the paperwork attached to a November 2009 purchase of a handgun that he later transferred to an uncle in Pennsylvania. Abramski indicated on the paperwork that the gun was for his own use.

Buying the gun in Virginia, with a law enforcement discount from a Collinsville gun store where he'd shopped for years, saved his uncle about $150, Abramski said. He took the Glock 19 pistol to Pennsylvania and transferred it to his uncle at a licensed gun seller, as required by law there. In court, a federal agent said Abramski's uncle should have traveled to Virginia to buy the gun himself.

Abramski was again held without bail. In hours of hearings over whether Abramski should remain jailed, prosecutors repeated the alleged threats against police and described the shooting into the woods. Assistant U.S. Attorney Ashley Neese said Abramski remained the target of the continuing bank robbery investigation.

On Dec. 14, U.S. District Court Judge Glen Conrad set bail. Four days later, Abramski was released, wearing an electronic ankle bracelet.

Some people Abramski has met since being jailed have told him they're praying for him and are glad to see him free, he said. Others have asked how he has the nerve to show his face.

Abramski said he feels sadness, but no anger toward Moricle, whose testimony was cited by prosecutors as reason to keep him locked up.

But he said uncertainty of what lies ahead hasn't faded.

"I feel anxious all the time. I never know who's going to come to the door next. Are they going to come back and charge me with something else?

"They succeeded, if they wanted to put fear in me."
Basically, a few cops at the Roanoke Police Department went into overdrive to make sure Abramski was 'dealt with' after Dustin Moricle had what he felt was a scary conversation with Abramski in a Lowe's parking lot and later during the response to the intruder call.

They couldn't prove he robbed the bank, but during the raid on his things at his parents house they discovered the improper transfer of the Glock 19 and had that to use on him.

I think that gets closer to explaining the backstory of what happened.

Quote:Abramski surrendered July 1 in Franklin County, where he was charged in the Nov. 12 holdup of Franklin Community Bank in Rocky Mount that the search warrant said netted $4,000. He was being held at the Western Virginia Regional Jail.

Abramski's attorney, Bill Cleaveland of Roanoke, said Wednesday that he was looking into the circumstances of his client's situation and planned to defend him aggressively.

Authorities declined to comment on the slaying and the other robbery in which Abramski told his friend he was a suspect.

Lt. Steve McGuire of the Franklin County Sheriff's Office said the only Franklin County crime in which Abramski is suspected is the Nov. 12 holdup.

The federal search warrant portrays the bank robbery and Abramski's remarks -- including his plans to kill seven Franklin County sheriff's deputies and "a list of Roanoke city police officers" -- against a backdrop of financial and personal desperation.

According to the document, Abramski talked to his former partner, Roanoke Officer Dustin Moricle, on June 25 and told him that his wife had left him, his house was in foreclosure and his car had been repossessed. He'd been a Roanoke police officer from July 2006 to December 2007 but lost his job after an investigation of money that went missing during a police call. His unemployment benefits ran out in September 2008, the warrant said.

"I've got nothing to lose," the warrant quotes Abramski as saying.

Abramski had called Franklin County authorities on June 22 to report that he'd shot at someone he found breaking into his stepmother's car and who he suspected was stalking her. Abramski insisted he'd hit the intruder with at least two of the five shots he fired, the search warrant said.

McGuire said Wednesday that no evidence was found that anyone was hurt in the incident.

The warrant said Abramski told his former partner that deputies mocked him when they came to his father and stepmother's home, where Abramski was living in the basement, and that he was going to kill them. But first, Abramski said, he was going to "take out" a list of Roanoke officers.

Abramski told Moricle that the shootings would occur within two weeks and that he would contact Moricle by telephone to let him know the attacks were coming.

"This is probably the last time you are going to see me," Abramski told Moricle, according to the warrant.

The warrant said Moricle reported that the threats "made the hair on the back of his neck stand up." He believed Abramski was "very unstable" and capable of the attacks, the warrant said.

Roanoke Police Department spokeswoman Aisha Johnson said Wednesday that police were aware of Abramski's threat. "We took the appropriate precautions and there was no delay," she wrote in an e-mail. Johnson referred other questions to the FBI.

FBI Senior Resident Agent Kevin Foust said there had been solid teamwork between Roanoke city police, the Franklin County Sheriff's Office and federal authorities.
Yep, sounds like he was held in "contempt of cop".
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