Do California Cannabis card holders forfeit the right to legally own a gun? 7 Answers as of March 17, 2011

If I obtain a medical marijuana card can I still legally own a gun?

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Nelson & Lawless
Nelson & Lawless | Terry Nelson
That is a debate making the rounds of the 2nd Amendment legal community.

The federal and state laws provide that you are barred from possessing a firearm [or ammunition] as a prohibited person if you are an unlawful user of, or addicted to, marijuana, or any depressant, stimulant, or any narcotic drug, or any other controlled substance. That is a question you must answer in the negative on the CA form 4473 application to purchase a firearm.

California's politically correct medical marijuana card has no legal effect against the federal drug laws making use or possession of marijuana a crime. Therefore, if you apply for such card, you are acknowledging your illegal under federal law use of the drug. Arguably, you become a prohibited person by doing so. A prohibited person is chargeable with a felony under federal law for even applying to purchase a firearm. You can make your own decision now.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 3/17/2011
Law Office of Peter F. Goldscheider
Law Office of Peter F. Goldscheider | Peter Goldscheider
That fact alone has nothing to do with gun ownership.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 3/17/2011
Law Office of Joseph A. Katz
Law Office of Joseph A. Katz | Joseph A. Katz
Possession of a valid medical marijuana card does not prohibit you from owning a firearm.In your case, you would want, of course, to answer "no" on the DROS form when asked if you were an unlawful user of marijuana or addicted to it. You are a lawful user of marijuana, using marijuana for medicinal purposes. A positive answer could result in a denial pursuant to an unsatisfactory background check.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 3/16/2011
Law Office of Tracey S. Sang
Law Office of Tracey S. Sang | Tracey Sang
As far as I know you can.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 3/16/2011
Robert Mortland
Robert Mortland | Law Office of Robert Mortland
No. You may still own a gun so long as you follow all of the gun laws.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 3/16/2011
    Law Office of Evan E. Zelig
    Law Office of Evan E. Zelig | Evan E. Zelig
    No. Possessing a valid medical marijuana recommendation from a physician, or possessing a California Medical Marijuana Program card will NOT prevent you from legally owning a firearm.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 3/15/2011
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