Heads are exploding all around National Rifle Association headquarters, as the inflexible ideologues who run the NRA are beginning to realize that they must either stand up for dope-smokin’ sick people — not its most faithful constituency — or permit an “erosion of Second Amendment rights,” which it cannot abide no matter what. The USA Today:
According to a new memo from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, it is illegal for him or any registered medical-marijuana patient to own or possess firearms or ammunition.
The letter written last week by ATF Assistant Director Arthur Herbert to all federal firearms licensees gave them guidance on what to do if a firearms customer reveals that he or she is a medical-marijuana patient.
According to the letter, “any person who uses or is addicted to marijuana, regardless of whether his or her state has passed legislation authorizing marijuana use for medicinal purposes, is an unlawful user of or addicted to a controlled substance, and is prohibited by federal law from possessing firearms or ammunition.”
[Robbie] Regennitter said he was stunned when he learned about the memo.
“At the moment it concerns me, but I’m not going to stop taking medical marijuana, and I’m not going to give up my firearms,” Regennitter said. “I don’t use (THC) recreationally. I use it because it helps me.”
Addendum: I notice that the name “National Rifle Association” connotes a group of destructive firearms that interact with each other. About right.