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Gun Purchasing ‘Loophole’

Its not often that I support an effort to limit gun ownership. Mostly because I find gun ownership to be a net positive in this country. The ability to defend oneself and ones property with deadly force if need be is very important to me. It also serves as an important hedge against government should it ever become oppressive.

Some might whine that that will never happen here or that its a violent revolutionary statement. I don’t consider it as such. The pages of history are littered with governments corrupted by time and power. In this country the armed citizenry is a significant barrier to the government ever becoming so corrupted, whether you agree with me or not, that’s the truth of the matter.

Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) is saying that federal law prohibits those who have admitted illicit drug use from purchasing firearms. Given that the Arizona shooter admitted excessive drug use to the Army when he tried to enlist, how was it he was able to buy a gun? Its a good question, and an issue the senator hopes to fix.

I hope this effort is successful.

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  1. 2011/01/16 at 23:47

    I presume the federal law refers to actual conviction.

  2. 2011/01/17 at 00:25

    Good question, I’ll have to find it and get back to you.

  3. 2011/01/17 at 10:49

    Federal law says that any person “who is an unlawful user of or addicted to any controlled substance” is barred from possessing guns. 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(3). What does that mean? Good question.

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