Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Got a medical marijuana card? Got a gun? Go to jail!

Yup. Federal law prohibits the sale of firearms to medical marijuana card holders.
No only that, but if you have one of each already you are just asking for a bunk at the nearest Federal Penitentiary.

“A Sept. 21 letter from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, issued in response to numerous inquiries from gun dealers, clarifies that medical marijuana patients are included in that definition. ‘There are no exceptions in federal law for marijuana purportedly used for medicinal purposes, even if such use is sanctioned by state law,’ said the letter by Arthur Herbert, the ATF’s assistant director for enforcement programs and services.”

To wit: the ATF’s decision to ban guns for residents with medical marijuana cards. It’s a potential flash point for a surprisingly large number of states. Sixteen in fact. Not to mention all the gun buyers within their boundaries.

Applying the ATF’s decision that a medical marijuana card establishes an addiction to Form 4473, if a [state] legal pot smokers ticks “yes” on the little box that asks “Are you an unlawful user of or addicted to, marijuana or any other depressant, stimulant or narcotic drug, or any other controlled substance?” they can’t buy a gun. If they tick “no” they’d be lying.

Lying on form 4473 is a federal beef. As in fines, prison and the permanent loss of gun rights. It’s also a federal crime for a drug addict to possess a firearm. Section 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(3) of the Gun Control Act of 1968 bans firearms possession for anyone ”who is an unlawful user of or addicted to any controlled substance.”

FYI Here is a link to the ATF open letter to all Federal Firearm Licencees regarding marijuana for medicinal purposes

Folks, here is a listing of federal firearms laws currently on the books, along with the punishments for violation of said laws.

Anyone that thinks we need more laws that will not be enforced is seriously deluded.

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