Should Medical Marijuana Users Be Banned From Owning Guns?

This might be an unusual question, but a very realistic dilemma because the 9th Circuit Court just ruled on this.

Are they playing fair or is this a usurpation of an American’s gun rights?

This court has an infamous reputation for having their rulings overturned, along with it’s extremely liberal agenda.

So is this issue just another example of them trying to force more gun-control legislation? Or is their ruling a legitimate concern that should disqualify gun owners?

According to Clash Daily: The Ninth Circuit — rightly or wrongly, depending on your view — just used a broad understanding of the law to add another group of people to the prohibited list.

First, here is a quick review of which sort of people who can be prohibited from lawful gun ownership:

Identify Prohibited Persons

The Gun Control Act (GCA), codified at 18 U.S.C. § 922(g), makes it unlawful for certain categories of persons to ship, transport, receive, or possess firearms or ammunition, to include any person:

convicted in any court of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year;
who is a fugitive from justice;

who is an unlawful user of or addicted to any controlled substance (as defined in section 102 of the Controlled Substances Act, codified at 21 U.S.C. § 802);

who has been adjudicated as a mental defective or has been committed to any mental institution;

who is an illegal alien;

who has been discharged from the Armed Forces under dishonorable conditions;

who has renounced his or her United States citizenship;

who is subject to a court order restraining the person from harassing, stalking, or threatening an intimate partner or child of the intimate partner; or

who has been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence. — ATF Website

The Ninth Circuit ruled if you own a medical marijuana card, you’re unable to buy a gun.

The case which brought them to this decision is very complex.

Though marijuana has been legalized in some places on a state-by-state basis, it remains illegal under federal law.

The court maintained that drug use “raises the risk of irrational or unpredictable behavior with which gun use should not be associated.”

Wilson claimed that she doesn’t actually use marijuana, she simply obtained a card to show her support for its legalization.

The appeals court agreed with guidelines from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives that firearms sellers should assume that medical marijuana card holders use the drug. —Fortune

The woman in question is not a drug user, herself. She simply obtained the card for political support for the cause. Now, however, she is banned from owning a gun because she owns one of these medical marijuana cards.

What do you think about this? Do you support the court’s decision or are they overreaching once more on the personal liberties of Americans?

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