ATF Clarifies Whether Marijuana Users Can By Guns

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Medical Marijuana and Guns. One hell of a touchy subject if you come to think about it. 

There are advocates for and against the ability of a person that uses Medical Marijuana being allowed to own/purchase a firearm. However the ATF, has come out and set the record straight according to Federal Law.

Under the ATF’s policy, not only are users of marijuana prohibited from possessing firearms, but a person may not transfer a firearm to an individual if the transferor knows that the transferee holds a medical marijuana card.

Importantly, this second prohibition applies even where the cardholder does not actually use any marijuana.

The NRA-ILA says in a recent article,

“The warning provides that “the use or possession of marijuana remains unlawful under Federal law regardless of whether it has been legalized or decriminalized for medical or recreational purposes in the state where you reside.”  This warning is a continuation of ATF’s policy that was first published in an open letter on September 21, 2011.  Under ATF’s policy, not only are users of marijuana prohibited from possessing firearms, but a person may not transfer a firearm to an individual if the transferor knows that the transferee holds a medical marijuana card.  Importantly, this second prohibition applies even where the cardholder does not actually use any marijuana.” (Read More)

Time will tell whether this will change in the future. As of now it doesn’t look like it will, and Marijuana will remain a Class 1 Narcotic in the eyes of the ATF.

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