Marijuana is considered to make a person conduct irrational decisions and risky behaviour. This isn’t always true. Wait, hang on, is that even true? We’re talking about marijuana, not alcohol.
Even if you consume your green in a state where it’s legal to use medically or recreationally, you’ve just become barred by federal law from purchasing a weapon.
Question 11e on Form 4473 – which asks if the buyer is “An unlawful user of, or addicted to, marijuana or any other controlled substance?” – now has a warning printed below it in boldtype that states: “The use or possession of marijuana remains unlawful under Federal lawregardless of whether it has been legalized or decriminalized for medicinal or recreationalpurposes in the state where you reside.” COURT UPHOLDS ATF’S POSITION While thefederal government has so far taken a hands-off approach to states that allow recreationalor medicinal use of the drug, the new language on gun purchase forms is intended to senda clear message that the permissive attitude does not extend to gun ownership.
The ATF clarified in a 2011 memo to gun dealers that the law applies to marijuana usersregardless of whether the state in which they live has passed legislation allowing marijuanause for medicinal purposes.
The ATF had told gun sellers they can assume a person with a medical marijuana carduses the drug, and therefore is not qualified to purchase a gun.
The court ruled that Congress reasonably concluded that marijuana “Raises the risk ofirrational or unpredictable behavior with which gun use should not be associated.” The courtalso concluded that it’s reasonable for regulators to assume medical marijuana card holdersuse marijuana.
Advocates say the federal government is unfairly casting marijuana as a more dangeroussubstance than it is, and wrongly concluded that marijuana users cannot safely use gunswhen not intoxicated.
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