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    Federal judge knocks down law preventing marijuana users from owning guns
    By Associated Press - Updated: 5:07 p.m. on Sunday, February 5, 2023
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    OKLAHOMA CITY A federal judge in Oklahoma has ruled that a federal law prohibiting people who use marijuana from owning firearms is unconstitutional, the latest challenge to firearms regulations after the U.S. Supreme Court's conservative majority set new standards for reviewing the nation's gun laws.

    Lawyers for Jared Michael Harrison had argued that their client's Second Amendment right to bear arms was being violated by a federal law that makes it illegal for "unlawful users or addicts of controlled substances" to possess firearms.

    Harrison had been charged after being arrested by police in Lawton, Oklahoma, in May 2022 following a traffic stop. During a search of his car, police found a loaded revolver as well as marijuana. Harrison told police he had been on his way to work at a medical marijuana dispensary, but that he did not have a state-issued medical-marijuana card.

    His lawyers had argued the portion of federal firearms law focused on drug users or addicts was not consistent with the nation's historical tradition of firearm regulation, echoing what the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled last year in a case known as New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen. That case set new standards for interpreting the Second Amendment.

    Federal prosecutors had argued that the portion of the law focused on drug users is "consistent with a longstanding historical tradition in America of disarming presumptively risky persons, namely, felons, the mentally ill, and the intoxicated."

    U.S. District Judge Patrick Wyrick in Oklahoma City agreed with Harrison's lawyers, ruling on Friday that federal prosecutors' arguments that Harrison's status as a marijuana user "justifies stripping him of his fundamental right to possess a firearm is not a constitutionally permissible means of disarming Harrison."

    "But the mere use of marijuana carries none of the characteristics that the Nation's history and tradition of firearms regulation supports," said Wyrick, who was appointed by former President Donald Trump. In his ruling, Wyrick highlighted that under Oklahoma law, marijuana can be bought legally at more than 2,000 store fronts in the state.

    Attorneys for Harrison, as well as the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Oklahoma, which was prosecuting the case, did not immediately return emails seeking comment Sunday.

    The ruling came a day after a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans on Thursday ruled that the government can't stop people who have domestic violence restraining orders against them from owning guns. The panel referenced the Bruen decision in its ruling. Two of the three judges on the panel are Trump appointees.

    The Justice Department has said it will seek further review of the appeals court's decision.

    In September, a federal judge in Midland, Texas, ruled that a firearms law that bans those under felony indictment from buying guns is unconstitutional. In that case, U.S. District Judge David Counts, also a Trump appointee, also echoed the Supreme Court's language in the Bruen case, saying there was "little evidence" the ban related to being under indictment "aligns with this Nation's historical tradition."

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    Default Re: Marijuana Law against Gun Ownership Unconstitutional

    ***Angry boomer noises intensifying***
    Si vis pacem, para bellum
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    What country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms!

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    Default Re: Marijuana Law against Gun Ownership Unconstitutional

    Soon, the herb will be approved for recreational use in PA and regulated, just like alcohol.

    All you kids need to accept that.

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    Default Re: Marijuana Law against Gun Ownership Unconstitutional

    i dont got rep for gixxer. lulz

    as with alcohol, of which i am heavily imbibed in currently.... don't handle firearms while burning.
    be an adult.
    There is no way to make it out alive...

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    Default Re: Marijuana Law against Gun Ownership Unconstitutional

    Quote Originally Posted by JAKIII View Post
    Soon, the herb will be approved for recreational use in PA and regulated, just like alcohol.

    All you kids need to accept that.
    Yup. Never should have been a scheduled narcotic to begin with. Especially considering its been historically used as medicine for 20,000 years

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr_Gixxer View Post
    ***Angry boomer noises intensifying***
    Why is that? Boomers spilled more pot that yous grasshoppers ever saw.
    2024 Trump or Bust!

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    Whoo-Hoo!
    Another great idea. New and improved simpleton pot heads, now with guns!
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    Default Re: Marijuana Law against Gun Ownership Unconstitutional

    Quote Originally Posted by cdi View Post
    Whoo-Hoo!
    Another great idea. New and improved simpleton pot heads, now with guns!
    Calling everyone that uses cannabis a simpleton pot head is a stretch, dontchathink? Plenty of highly successful, wealthy folks that use cannabis.

    As with everything in life, self control and moderation are key.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cdi View Post
    Whoo-Hoo!
    Another great idea. New and improved simpleton pot heads, now with guns!
    Not only will they be driving on the roads, but now they're armed. What could go wrong?
    "Russian warship, go f--- yourself."

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    Quote Originally Posted by fallenleader View Post
    i dont got rep for gixxer. lulz

    as with alcohol, of which i am heavily imbibed in currently.... don't handle firearms while burning.
    be an adult.
    I got him.

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