US Federal Court Upholds Gun Ban for Medical Marijuana Patients

Article by Joe Klare, The Libertarian Republic


“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” – 2nd Amendment of the U.S. Constitution

Yeah, about that.

Yesterday, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rocked the medical cannabis community by upholding a ban on the sale of guns to those who are legal medical marijuana patients.

The case stems from a lawsuit filed by a Nevada medical marijuana cardholder, S. Rowan Wilson, in 2011. A judge had previously ruled that a gun store owner was right in refusing to sell to Wilson on the grounds that a federal rule bans the sale of guns to medical cannabis cardholders.

According to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, it is “reasonable” for a gun store owner to assume a medical marijuana cardholder is a user of illegal drugs.

From the Associated Press:

“The 9th Circuit in its 3-0 decision agreed that it’s reasonable for federal regulators to assume a medical marijuana card holder is more likely to use the drug.

“In addition, a ban on the sale of guns to marijuana and other drug users is reasonable because the use of such drugs ‘raises the risk of irrational or unpredictable behavior with which gun use should not be associated,’ Senior District Judge Jed Rakoff said.”

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