If you’ve ever purchased a firearm through a gun store or at a gun show, you may have filled out ATF Form 4473. Most gun owners can scroll down and check the “no” boxes. They are
But for some, like me, we question 21e and pause for a moment. The question asks:
Are you an illegal user, addict of marijuana or any depressant, stimulant, narcotic, or any controlled substance?
It warns that even if marijuana is legal in your state, it’s federally illegal, even if Biden has pardoned all simple marijuana possession crimes, which has freed zero people from prison and looks like political posturing before 2022. Midterms.
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However, a federal judge in Oklahoma has ruled that banning individuals from gun ownership because of marijuana use is unconstitutional.
US District Judge Patrick Wyrick, a Trump appointee, ruled that being a plant user does not justify disarming citizens: “…the mere use of marijuana has no characteristics that the nation’s history and tradition of gun control support.”
The case was brought by lawyers for Jared Michael Harrison, who was arrested during a traffic stop after a loaded revolver and some marijuana were found in his vehicle. It is unclear if he was a “user” at the time, although possession alone was used to justify his arrest.
The following is strictly my opinion and does not reflect Gateway Scholars and is in no way medical advice:
This judgment is personal to me and to thousands of other war veterans and individuals suffering from PTSD and other physical ailments. Instead of taking harmful benzodiazepines or SSRI drugs or copious amounts of painkillers, we turn to plants. Many of us have done so to avoid the harmful physical and psychological side effects of these drugs and to choose a plant with zero overdose deaths and a terrible stigma from decades of prohibition. See CBS’s “7 Health Myths Up in Smoke.”
Florida State Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, a Democrat, sued the Biden administration to block a federal rule barring medical marijuana users from buying firearms or obtaining concealed-carry permits.