I'm not sure if I am in the right area, so if I'm not I would appreciate one of the mods to put it where it belongs. There is so much talk about straw purchases that it blurs my understanding of gun purchases. If I want to purchase a firearm for my brother in law, can I do that without his knowledge? (not much of a surprise if he knows about it) Every gun I have bought has been for me, and of course the wife is an equal partner. But I have been wondering if purchasing a gun for a relative is both allowed and legal? I'm sure many of you have done similar purchases so I need your expertise.