ATF Doubles Down on Marijuana Gun Ban, Adds More Explicit Warning to Firearm Purchase Form

Article by Ricardo Baca, The Cannabist

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The federal government just doubled down on its efforts to keep guns away from cannabis patients and legal adult-use marijuana consumers.

The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has long had an existing ban on gun sales to anyone who uses marijuana. The ban was upheld in a controversial 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in August; a medical marijuana patient in Nevada said the ban violated the Second Amendment, but the 9th Circuit unanimously agreed that pot and other drug use “raises the risk of irrational or unpredictable behavior with which gun use should not be associated.”

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