California, the gun control capital of the US, recently passed even more restrictive laws to make gun ownership harder and less accessible, but that might not be sneakiest thing the state did to keep people from exercising their 2nd Amendment rights. Another thing that happened recently in the Golden State is that recreational marijuana is now legal and that may deny millions of Californians their Constitutional right to keep and bear arms.
Thanks to the passage of prop 64 adults 21 years or older can possess and consume up to an ounce of marijuana and grow up to 6 plants on private property for personal use. In a couple of years the cultivation and retail sale of marijuana will become legal and heavily taxed of course. This is expected to bring in billions every year, which indicates that millions of Californians will be using the de-criminalized drug.
The problem is, marijuana is still illegal at the federal level. In fact the US Justice Department considers it a dangerous drug and says it is committed to enforcing the “serious crime” of marijuana possession.
What does any of this have to do with gun control, you ask. Well, if you’ve ever purchased a firearm, you know what a 4473 from is. It’s that thing you fill out that determines your eligibility to buy a gun. Lying on this form is a felony, punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
One of the questions on the 4473 reads:
Are you an unlawful user of, or addicted to, marijuana or any depressant, stimulant, narcotic drug, or any other controlled substance?
If you answer “yes” to this question, you don’t get a gun. No big deal, right? With weed now legal in California, a person wouldn’t be an unlawful user and therefore still eligible to purchase a firearm. Except that’s just not the case.
With states like California, Colorado, and Washington legalizing marijuana, the ATF is clarifying their position. They will be issuing a revised version of the 4473, that will read:
Are you an unlawful user of, or addicted to, marijuana or any depressant, stimulant, narcotic drug, or any other controlled substance? Warning: The use or possession of marijuana remains unlawful under Federal law regardless of whether it has been legalized or decriminalized for medicinal or recreational purposes in the state where you reside.
People in the states that have legalized marijuana and use it will now be faced with a choice: either lie on the form or surrender their gun rights.
In the case of California, legal weed comes with a ton of restrictions about where it can be used and possessed, so marijuana arrests are not going away. California also has a gun registry; so arresting officers can quickly see what and how many guns a person owns. Finally, the state has a special police agency whose sole purpose is to take guns away from people.
Adding all of this together and it’s not hard to imagine that a shitload of law-abiding Californians are about to lose their guns rights permanently. Any petty bust, DWI, or even an unrelated search that turns up marijuana will be used as an excuse to take away guns. The liberals that run the state won’t enforce, or even comply with, federal immigration law, but they sure as hell will enforce federal gun law if it means they can confiscate firearms.