Medical Marijuana Users Denied Firearms

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Denver (AP) -- The Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms,
and Explosives is warning gun dealers that it is illegal for
medical-marijuana patients to buy firearms. The agency sent out a letter September 21st that says marijuana use is still barred by federal law, even though it has been approved for medical use in Colorado. According to the Denver Post, people who use medical marijuana are required to declare it on their applications to buy firearms. Advocates say it's another attack on state medical-marijuana programs. Earlier this year, the Justice Department warned dispensaries they could face federal prosecution.

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  • by Anonymous on Oct 9, 2011 at 08:22 PM
    According to State Law there is no set level to be considered under the influence when it comes to drugs. Therefore any amount is under the influence. Not to mention that canibas is a depressent and would the combination of firearms would probably make the suicide rate sky rocket.
  • by Common Sence Location: Grand Junction on Oct 4, 2011 at 08:24 PM
    I agree that MMJ Patients should not be able to purchase firearms. It is illegal to pocess a firearm and be under the influcence or pocess alcohol or drugs. (legal or illegal). I'm sure MMJ patients are smoking numerous times a day and since THC can still be present in the body days after smoking that would mean that the majority are under the influence all the time. Which means it is illegal to be in control of a firearm in the first place.
  • by Joe Location: GJT on Oct 4, 2011 at 01:58 PM
    Shows the lack of common sense in government. I can buy a cart load of booze, then stop and buy a gun and that is ok.
  • by Poor pot heads Location: gj on Oct 3, 2011 at 01:29 PM
    Oh the poor pot heads, always such victims. I was in the neighborhood where the woman was ran over by an suv yesterday, the driver had been smoking weed. Your right pot heads its not dangerous and you should all have guns.
  • by Lol! on Oct 3, 2011 at 10:02 AM
    The way i am understanding it is: you cannot buy a gun if you have an mmj card just as you cant buy a gun if you have a felony/misdemeanor on your record. Welcome to America where laws suck and people get away with crimes!
  • by Anonymous on Oct 3, 2011 at 07:46 AM
    JK, you are wrong, there is no federal gun registration. It was abolished by the gun control act of 1967, as a former FFL I know these rules by heart. The ATF form 4473 never leaves the store where you bought your firearm unless, as I stated before you close your business. Then you must transfer the 4473 for storage only. There is no federal registration data base for firearms period, it's prohibited. If you don't believe me check for your self, however you will find I am right. People just believe this form is transferred to the feds, it's not. Also if you believe that saying no to a question on addiction is unlawful just who will enforce this no answer since the forms never leave the store, again know one! Anybody in there right mind will see right through this B.S. as an attempt to restrict gun owner rights by an agencies that can't even follow there own rules. Disband the ATFE and demand accountability for Fast and Furious and the deaths they have caused! Freedom!!!!!
  • by Jolie on Oct 3, 2011 at 07:25 AM
    That's pretty ironic....really. Can't own a gun if you have MEDICAL marijuana but its o.k. if you are a drunk... cuz alcohol is legal. This is one crazy world we live in.
  • by JK Location: GJ on Oct 3, 2011 at 07:23 AM
    When purchsing a gun from a commercial business you are required to fill out a Federal Form. On that form one is informed of situations where you are not allowed to make such a purchase. Under "Persons subject to prohibition" one in particular comes to mind. "Is an unlawful user of or addicted to any controlled substance". Unless I am mistaken, under federal law, marijuana is a controlled substance. Until that law changes, sorry charlie. Sale of firearms falls under Federal Law overriding state law. To lie on that form you are subject to being prosecuted for perjury! Have a nice day....
  • by Bob Location: Marley on Oct 3, 2011 at 07:05 AM
    I am not going to stand for this. Right after I finnish these Doritos and watch South Park I will....What were we talking about?
  • by Anonymous Location: Western Slope on Oct 3, 2011 at 06:39 AM
    First off medical marijuana card holders are protected under the HIPA Act and therefor not subject to the release of privet medical information. This is by our Governments own rules. It is illegal to ask someone if they have a MMJ card. Second the ATF form 4473 is not a gun registration, gun registration is illegal under the gun control act of 1967. Third the ATF form 4473 is not transferred to the feds and can be destroyed after 20 years by the business owners. The only time the FFL holders have to give up these records is if they go out of businesses before the 20 year mark, then they must send the forms to be stored but not recorded. The ATF is going out on a limb here and only doing this to side track the public from the Fast and Furious fiasco where they sold guns to cartel members under the watchful eye of the ATF, straw purchasers and some gun dealers to let this happen. The ATF should be disbanded, they are all criminals of the State.
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