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In most cases the women know the men. They’re handed cash to buy a gun that is immediately turned over to the ex-felon, an exchange called a “straw purchase.” Sometimes, they aren’t paid at all.

Young women in Minnesota are being pressured to buy guns for criminals in exchange for cash — a trend rarely seen across the country, authorities said on Thursday.

Women younger than 30 are being recruited by men ineligible to buy guns because of their criminal records, said Bernard Zapor, special agent in charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ St. Paul division.

“It’s an anomaly for us,” Zapor said, adding that there are no concrete numbers on the trend.

In most cases the women know the men. They’re handed cash to buy a gun that is immediately turned over to the ex-felon, an exchange called a “straw purchase.” Sometimes, they aren’t paid at all.

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