Pot And Guns: Will Obama Administration Deal Equally With States That Defy Him?

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Will The Administration of President Barack Obama turn the same blind eye toward State laws defiant of possible Federal gun-grabbing laws as it has thus far with States that have legalized recreational marijuana?

If the Fix Gun Checks Act (each of which moved through the Senate Judiciary Committee last week) actually wins Congressional approval and become law, most types of private gun purchases would be illegal under Federal law, as is recreational pot.

States that have approved recreational weed smoking and those whose legislatures have, or soon will, approve laws preserving Constitutional gun ownership would then stand, equally, in defiance of the law of the land.

But, as CNS News points out in an interesting weekend piece, it’s difficult to imagine that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) would stay on the sidelines when it comes to guns — even though it has done the same when it comes to marijuana.

A particularly interesting test case could happen in the State of Washington, whose residents approved private marijuana use late last year. Obama himself famously said his Administration has “bigger fish to fry” than to go after Washington and other States where pot has been or soon may be made legal.

But Washington’s Legislature is currently considering a bill that would make any future Federal ban on semiautomatic weapons or magazines, as well as forced gun registration, “unenforceable” throughout the State.

It’s unlikely that Senate Democrats’ gun grabbing proposals will pass through Congress in their present form.

But if they do, the DOJ would be inviting massive ridicule, as well as legal action from every side, if it swoops in to make sure States adhere to the Federal gun ban while letting them slide on permitting their citizens’ enjoyment of good old Mary Jane, which is still a Schedule I controlled substance under the Controlled Substances Act of 1970.

Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.