Regardless of state law, admitting to consuming cannabis could render individuals both ineligible to purchase and to own a firearm
Individuals must meet both federal and state requirements to purchase a gun, and the federal form asks many questions regarding the applicant’s background and personal history. This includes whether the applicant uses cannabis, which remains classified as a Schedule I drug by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration and is, thus, federally prohibited.
And unfortunately for firearm lovers who are also cannabis enthusiasts, admitting to consuming cannabis renders individuals both ineligible to purchase and to own a firearm, regardless of state law.
Illinois gun shop owner Dan Cooley told WAND TV News that the consequences of lying on a deferral form could be dire. “If they answer truthfully, they won’t be able to purchase a firearm, and if they don’t, this is a federal form,” Cooley explained. “Federal penalty is five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.”
There is a work-around, in that person-to-person firearm sales are legal in Illinois.
“It’s legal as long as you both have valid FOID [Firearm Owner Identification] cards and certain information is kept,” Cooley noted. “These questions do not arise.”
Potential crackdowns in the future, which are not unlikely, mean that anyone in possession of a FOID card who also buys weed, even at a licensed dispensary, may have the card (and, thus, his or her right to own a firearm) revoked.
“If this fix the FOID bill passes, if [an individual] has a FOID card and he’s also using marijuana, they are probably going to resend it,” Cooley said.
“It’s really quite simple. If you want to own a firearm, don’t use marijuana.”
Written by Emma Spears