Court Upholds Ban on Gun Sales to Marijuana Card Holders
A federal appeals court ruled this week that a ban on the sale of guns to medical marijuana card holders does not violate the Second Amendment.
The ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which came in a lawsuit filed by a Nevada woman who tried to buy a firearm in 2011 after obtaining a medical marijuana card, applies to the nine Western states that fall under the court's jurisdiction, including California, Washington and Oregon.
Senior District Judge Jed Rakoff said that a ban on the sale of guns to marijuana and other drug users is reasonable because the use of such drugs "raises the risk of irrational or unpredictable behavior with which gun use should not be associated."
On "Red Eye" last night, Tom Shillue wondered if this is a good decision, asking, "If you pack bowls, should you not pack heat?"
Watch the "Red Eye" panel sound off above.