The Honolulu Police Department is demanding that medical marijuana users turn over their firearms.
In a letter dated Nov. 13, Police Chief Susan Ballard drew a line in the sand. It’s either your weed or your guns.
“Your medical marijuana use disqualifies you from ownership of firearms and ammunition,” the letter reads.
“If you currently own or have any firearms,” it continues, “you have 30 days upon receipt of this letter to voluntary surrender your firearms, permit, and ammunition to the Honolulu Police Department (HPD) or otherwise transfer ownership.”
This confiscation order was the direct result of Hawaii’s registration mandate. All Hawaiians must register all their firearms. There are only two exceptions the law. Black powder firearms and guns made before 1899.
To prepare the no-guns-for-you list, Cheif Ballard simply had to cross reference the gun registry with those who have valid medical marijuana cards. According to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, as many as 30 people on Oahu will be affected by the seizure.
There is good news. If you want to call it that. Hawaiians can get their guns back from the state. They just need a doctor to sign off.
“A medical doctor’s clearance is required for any future firearms applications or return of firearms from HPD evidence,” states the letter.
Now for more bad news. The Ninth Circut Court of Appeals has ruled on the issue of guns for stoners. The court, in essence, said that federal law trumps state law. It doesn’t matter if a state decriminalizes or legalizes marijuana. Federal law banning guns for dopers, even those with medical cards, carries the day.
Because Hawaii falls under the jurisdiction of the Ninth Circuit, there is little hope for the victims of this overreach. At least for the foreseeable future.
Plus, you’ll recall, that the federal government put its foot down on this issue last year. ATF changed Question 11.e on the Firearms Transaction Record aka Form 4473.
It now reads, “Are you an unlawful user of, or addicted to, marijuana” among other controlled substances. Followed by that is a Warning that points out that marijuana use remains “Unlawful under Federal law regardless of whether it has been legalized or decriminalized for medicinal or recreational purposes” under state law.
While that sucks for stoners, many accepted it. Because they could still keep the guns and ammo they already possessed. They just couldn’t buy new ones.
But that’s no longer the case for some Hawaiians. Thanks to gun registration, the state knows exactly who has what and where they live. For the unlucky few, resistance is futile.
Maybe this is somewhat funny because it involves dopers. Yet, I can’t help but to think of Martin Niemöller. You remember his famous quote about the Nazis?
It could easily be rewritten. First they confiscated guns from the potheads, and I did not speak out. Because I was not a pothead. Then they confiscated guns from hurricane victims, and I did not speak out. Because I was not a hurricane victim… etc., etc. Then they confiscated guns from me. And there was no one left to speak for me.
Just wait till California gets a whiff of what Hawaii’s doing. The Golden State already has government-funded confiscation squads ready to pounce. It’s just a matter of time before these jackboots get the green light. Lookout, Bill Maher!