Marijuana vs. Guns: The Ridiculous Illinois Attack on Our Second Amendment Rights

illinois-mj-gunsMost people are well aware that I’m an advocate for sensible gun regulations.  The keyword in that sentence being “sensible.”  Often misconstrued in the rhetoric of the “gun debate” is that people who support regulations on guns are somehow anti-Second Amendment.  A belief which isn’t true at all.  I believe in universal background checks for all gun purchases and limits on magazine size (10 rounds), to go along with the regulations we currently have.

Regulations that would still allow Americans to own probably 90-95% of the guns that are produced.  I’m not quite sure how small, sensible limitations on guns are somehow an “attack on guns.”

In fact, I consider myself quite the defender of our Second Amendment.  I’m just a sensible defender of it.

Which is why when I saw this ridiculous proposal in Illinois, which is a clear attack on our Second Amendment, I was absolutely appalled.

The Illinois Medical Cannabis Pilot Program is a program in the state in which people who qualify can have access to medical marijuana for various therapeutic purposes.

Well a new proposal would require every individual who’s been prescribed medical marijuana, and their caregivers, to surrender their firearms.

Basically if you have a medical condition, which a licensed doctor prescribes medical marijuana to treat, you can either choose to keep your guns (if you own any) or surrender them in order to get access to your doctor-prescribed treatment. 

I’m sorry, but that’s completely unconstitutional.  You can’t say to someone, “We’ve legalized a program to help you if you’re medically cleared by a doctor – but to gain access we’re going to deny you your Second Amendment rights.”

Though some are claiming that the form for all firearm purchases which has a question asking, “Are you an unlawful user of, or addicted to, marijuana or any depressant, stimulant, narcotic drug, or any other controlled substance?” prevents people who use marijuana from owning a gun.

Except there’s a key part in that question which nullifies that argument – “Are you an unlawful user of…”  Being that it’s legal in Illinois to possess marijuana for medical purposes, that would make any individual prescribed marijuana still legally allowed to own a gun.

So this “argument” some are using in an attempt to strip Americans of their Second Amendment rights is moot.

Outside of being unconstitutional, it’s completely ridiculous.  What the hell do the two even have in common?  What does someone being medically prescribed marijuana for things like pain treatment have to do with their legal right to own a firearm?

I’ll tell you right now, it has nothing to do with it.  The fact that they’re even entertaining this idea is ridiculous.

If you’re going to create a program that legalizes marijuana for medical purposes the create that program.  Don’t create the program, then make one of the conditions that anyone who participates in it must surrender their Second Amendment rights.

Luckily as of now this is just a proposal.  But if it gets enacted I can almost promise you lawsuits will be filed instantly decrying what this is – an unconstitutional attack on the Second Amendment rights for those who have been medically cleared to use marijuana.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • Edward Krebbs

    Uh aren’t various states enacting laws allowing you to take firearms into bars ? So it is obviously a good idea to be on a mind-altering substance while packing heat.

  • TaxPaying American Voter

    If they pass this in Illinois then you shouldn’t be able to vote in Texas if you go to church.

  • Mrs_oatmeal

    Do you think most people answer that question honestly? If you are taking a gun into a bar, I don’t believe that you are going to the bar to drink lemonade. We know that alcohol impairs judgement, so what’s the difference?

    • Pipercat

      Good reason to stay out of bars, these days.

    • jdunaway65

      Yeah, here in Tennessee, the guy who drafted our guns in bars law said “you can only carry the gun if not under the influence.” A few months later he got pulled over for drunk driving and had a loaded gun on him…

  • Andrew Gault

    Alright, never state your opinion at the beginning of an article like this. Because now that I realize you’re completely inept, I do not wish to read the article.

    It’s alright, everyone makes mistakes.