Feds Add Marijuana Warning to Gun Application
Just in case it wasn’t clear, the federal government really wants you to know that if you use marijuana — even for medical purposes in accordance with state law — you can’t buy a gun.
Last week the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) updated the form that people must fill out when purchasing a gun from a licensed dealer to explicitly state that marijuana use of any kind is disqualifying.
For years, the application, known as Form 4473, has asked, “Are you an unlawful user of, or addicted to, marijuana or any depressant, stimulant, narcotic drug, or any other controlled substance?”
But the growing number of states passing laws to allow use of cannabis has created confusion about what, exactly, the meaning of “unlawful” is.
So starting on January 16, all Federal Firearms License holders who sell guns will have to use a new form, which includes this explicit 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.”
The form’s drug question is a result of a federal law that makes it illegal for anyone “who is an unlawful user of or addicted to any controlled substance…to ship or transport in interstate or foreign commerce, or possess in or affecting commerce, any firearm or ammunition; or to receive any firearm or ammunition which has been shipped or transported in interstate or foreign commerce.”