The state of Utah has sided with the feds against the Constitution by choosing to enforce a “law” that denies gun rights to sick people.
“Utah, complying with the federal Gun Control Act, denies or revokes concealed-carry firearms permits for anyone with a prescription for marijuana. While Utah doesn’t allow marijuana to treat ailments, eight of the 31 states that recognize Utah’s concealed firearms permit do,” The Salt Lake Tribune reports.
Utah does not allow for the use of medical marijuana, but eight of the 31 states that recognize its concealed firearms permit do. Utah’s permits are extremely popular outside of the state.
The federal law does not deny conceal permits to those taking prescription opiates or other drugs.
This situation perfectly illustrates the callousness and idiocy of federal law. Because a seriously ill patient’s doctor chooses to treat her with cannabis (tremendously beneficial for a whole host of ailments, despite what the DEA says), the feds deny a constitutionally protected right. Meanwhile, if a doctor prescribes pharmaceutical pills that kill thousands of people per year, are highly addictive and have far more negative side-effects than marijuana, they are free to hold a concealed carry permit, unless they are suspected of abuse.
Talk about a horrific and ridiculous double-standard.
Clearly, complying with this provision federal Gun Control Act makes no sense. It turns the law into a discriminatory joke. Why expend state resources to enforce a bizarre law that defies common sense?
But that single provision doesn’t stand alone as a reason to refuse cooperation with the feds when it comes to enforcing the federal Gun Control Act. By doing so, states aid and abet federal lawlessness.
The Second Amendment makes federal authority over firearms perfectly clear: shall not infringe.
Infringe – v: Act so as to limit or undermine (something); encroach on.
The federal government may not constitutionally act in a way that limits the right to keep and bear arms.
And don’t listen to those who try to tell you the feds can regulate firearms through the commerce clause or within the scope of some other enumerated power. The restrictions on federal authority spelled out in the Bill of Rights supercedes other grants of power. So in essence, the Second Amendment says, “Hey, federal government – even while exercising legitimate power to regulate interstate commerce, you still may not infringe on the basic right to keep and bear arms.”
States should not comply with unconstitutional “laws” such as the federal Gun Control Act. These federal actions instead need to be broken, nullified, never complied with and spit upon by the states. We can’t pay lip service to the facade that the feds are working to protect us and keep us safe with their edicts. They are not. The states need to push back instead of being doormats, or we’re going to lose far more than the rights of patients to concealed carry.