Holder position on pot and banks could end up entrapping gun owners

David Codrea
Gun Rights Examiner

…even though medical marijuana is legal in some states, and recreational marijuana is legal in Colorado, ATF does not recognize that for enforcement purposes against persons prohibited from owning a gun.

“[A]ny person who uses or is addicted to marijuana, regardless of whether his or her State has passed legislation authorizing marijuana use for medicinal purposes, is an unlawful user of or addicted to a controlled substance, and is prohibited by Federal law from possessing firearms or ammunition,” ATF Enforcement Programs and Services made clear in a 2011 open letter to Federal Firearms Licensees.

Don’t think for a moment the Attorney General hasn’t thought that current rules make such record-keeping problematic, and that he and his boss would not welcome an enhanced ability to impose a lifetime disability from firearms ownership on as many people as they can, including doing so “under the radar.”

At least in Illinois, those qualifying for medical marijuana will be told they will lose recognition of their gun rights if rules being proposed are enacted. In the case of Colorado’s “recreational” dispensaries, it’s not clear what duty those businesses have, if any, to notify customers that their purchase could not only make future firearms purchases illegal, but could actually turn them into instant felons if they already own a gun…


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