Republican lawmakers are looking to expand gun rights to United States military veterans and others who use medical marijuana to treat conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Reason reports that federal law prohibits citizens who use marijuana from obtaining a firearm. On the federal background check, an applicant is asked: “Are you an unlawful user of, or addicted to, marijuana or any depressant, stimulant, narcotic drug, or any other controlled substance?”
Any response in the affirmative stops a person’s application and they are no longer allowed to continue in the gun purchasing process.
Underneath this question on the federal “Firearms Transaction Record” form, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) warns in bold type:
The use or possession of marijuana remains unlawful under Federal law regardless of whether it has been decriminalized for medicinal or recreational purposes in the state where you reside.
Republican Congressman Thomas Massie and Alex Mooney are cosponsors of HR 2071, a bill which would repeal the ban on medical marijuana users to own firearms.
“I’m a cosponsor of @RepAlexMooney’s HR 2071 which would repeal the ban that currently prohibits medicinal marijuana users from owning firearms,” Massie said in a tweet.
I’m a cosponsor of @RepAlexMooney’s HR 2071 which would repeal the ban that currently prohibits medicinal marijuana users from owning firearms.
— Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) July 21, 2019
In addition to HR 2071, Mooney is pushing forward HR 2443, which would expand gun purchasing power across state lines and eliminate certain restrictions on the books.
Here’s more WV Metro News:
U.S. Rep. Alex Mooney, R-W.Va., is optimistic a bill reducing regulations on purchasing and selling firearms to out-of-state buyers could receive enough bipartisan support to pass out of the House of Representatives.
Mooney is a cosponsor of the Firearms Interstate Commerce Reform Act, which would eliminate certain restrictions on interstate transactions, thus allowing legal firearm purchases across state lines.
“It makes it clear you have to comply with all of the laws of that state. I’m not sure what is controversial about this,” he said Thursday at a press conference. “It’s only an 18 vote differential. Out of 235 Democrats, 18 can vote for it, and it could pass.”
House Resolution 2443 — introduced earlier this month by House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La. — would allow licensed dealers to sell firearms to people in other states as long as both groups comply with the laws in each state. The measure would also allow licensed dealers to sell firearms at out-of-state gun shows as long as no laws are broken, as well as enable military personnel to purchase guns in states where they permanently serve, where they work and where they live while serving.
Note: The author of this article has included commentary that expresses an opinion and analysis of the facts.
— Rep. Alex Mooney (@RepAlexMooney) June 6, 2019