It was announced this hour on FNC that he man who supplied the gun for the shooter in Dayton has just been indicted.
He was not indicted on straw purchase charges though he was indicted for lying on his 4473 which he filled out to make that purchase.
How did he lie? He is a user of pot and was at the time.
Now, with the expansion of state’s legalizing and decriminalizing pot people more than ever need to be aware that even in states where it is legal under state law pot remains illegal under federal law.
It is a Federal Crime to purchase or possess firearms if you use any illegal drug including Marijuana, and a Federal Crime to lie about it on the 4473.
For those of you who may use it keep that in mind and also keep in mind that if you are ever involved in a shooting you will be drug tested and it’s an additional state crime in every state to be under the influence, including the influence of pot, to carry a firearm licensed or otherwise.
You also open yourselves up to serious civil liability to go along with the criminal liability and could both lose everything you have and potentially end up being found guilty of murder/manslaughter even if everything else you did was perfectly lawful solely because of that drug use.
You could easily be indicted for a “good shoot” and have the jury find you guilty because the prosecutor successfully makes the argument that since you were UTI you could not exercise sound judgement and thus you are guilty in spite of all of the other facts associated with the case.
With the anti gun sentiment rising it is a sure bet that we will see more and more civil suits and see more and more prosecutors looking for any reason at all to indict so please, consider this in making your personal choices.