Judge Strikes Down Law Blocking Pot Users From Gun Ownership
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- A federal judge ruled Friday that the law blocking marijuana users from owning firearms is unconstitutional after a landmark SCOTUS case established new precedent for gun laws in June.
- U.S. District Judge Patrick Wyrick, an appointee of former President Donald Trump, issued the ruling after dismissing an indictment against a man who previously violated the ban, saying the law was an infringement of his right to bear arms under the U.S. Constitution’s Second Amendment, according the ruling in the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma.
- Wyrick ruled that the government can block dangerous individuals from gun ownership, but argued that simply using marijuana does not justify losing Second Amendment rights, noting that marijuana use is “not in and of itself a violent, forceful, or threatening act.”
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