Feds Say No Gun Sales to Weed Users
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that a screening question on the federally issued application to purchase a firearm asks prospective gunowners if they use marijuana for medicinal or recreational purposes. Answering yes to either means no gun.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has warned licensed gun dealers that if a potential buyer gives any indication of marijuana use, the transaction must be halted.
In short, the ATF is dictating that marijuana users—even in states that have government-sanctioned medical or recreational cannabis markets—automatically forfeit their Constitutionally guaranteed Second Amendment rights.
Marijuana users should not feel singled out. The federal Gun Control Act prohibits anyone who uses illegal drugs from purchasing a gun.
As federal Justice Department spokesperson Peter Carr pointed out to the WSJ: “Marijuana remains an illegal, controlled substance under federal law.”
The Justice Department, it should be pointed out, is integral to the gun-buying process.
From the Wall Street Journal:
Justice oversees the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, which regulates licensed gun dealers; as well as the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which runs background checks; and the Drug Enforcement Administration, which classifies drugs.
Is the Justice Department's de facto denial of Second Amendment rights to stoners CHILL because there are plenty of guns running around the country already, and bullets lead to bummers?
Or NO CHILL because the Founding Fathers must have been blazed when they insisted that "the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."