clarification letter last week to all Federal Firearms Licensees to assist them in complying with Federal firearms laws and regulations. The subject of the letter is to remind federally licensed firearms dealers that an unlawful user of any controlled substance is prohibited from shipping, transporting, receiving or possessing firearms or ammunition. The letter further points out that Marijuana is listed in the Controlled Substances Act and there are no exceptions for medical marijuana even if a State has passed laws allowing the use of medical marijuana. So to make a long story short it is unlawful for a firearms dealer to sell firearms or even ammunition to any person knowing or even having reasonable cause to believe a person is a medical marijuana user.
It sure seems like local Montana gun dealers will have to be on the lookout for any of those medical marijuana users with a hankering to shoot some gophers or go deer hunting. They better not get caught selling any of these guys some 22 shells or heaven forbid some sort of gun or they will be losing their license. Leave it to the government to further muddy the waters when it comes to interpreting current laws. I wonder if this administration has looked into a Czar to head up this problem of medical marijuana users wanting some ammo for can plinking or some other undetermined dastardly deed? Will the clerk at Big R be arrested if he or she knowingly sells some off the shelf ammo to one of these people?
Seems to me we are going a little overboard.
The letter is posted in a PDF file over at the National Shooting Sports Foundation website