Marijuana & Guns

marijuana-and-weaponsMy home state, Arkansas, had just legalized medical marijuana.  This has led to some discussions about marry jane and firearms.  I am not a big fan of drugs, but I do feel strongly that we know how well prohibition doesn’t work.  Word of warning to everyone, the current laws are not likely to allow you to exercise those particular freedoms together, that is guns and marijuana.  I encourage you to place you and your loved ones personal safety first.  Like it or not, we currently have laws that we will be held accountable for…..

 

Why medical marijuana patients can’t buy guns

 September 7If you have a medical marijuana card, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals says that you can’t buy a gun.

The court ruled 3-0 on Wednesday that a ban preventing medical marijuana card holders from purchasing firearms is not in violation of the Second Amendment, the Associated Press reports. There are nine western states under the appeals court’s jurisdiction, including Nevada, where the case originated.

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Lawyers, Guns & Cannabis: Gun Rights and the Lawful Use of Marijuana

With the medical and recreational use of cannabis being tolerated at many levels of government, there is one constitutional issue that remains undecided. Currently, it is unlawful for and user of illicit drugs to own, purchase, or possess a firearm at both the State and Federal level. Unfortunately, this includes cannabis. Various administrations and courts regarding the use of cannabis and the possession of firearms have made many decisions, but none of the decisions seem to agree with each other. This apparent conflict is picking up steam with the legalization of recreational use of cannabis in two states and the medical use of cannabis that is rapidly expanding across the country. Eventually the Department of Justice (DOJ) and appropriate state officials will need to draw a bright line defining the policies in respect to lawful use of cannabis and firearm possession. Within the last couple of years we have seen a preview of the impending showdown.

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AAR – Internet Cafe

Good lessons to learn here CHCL. Observe the actions of all involved. Also no how bystanders all reacted differently. It was a very dynamic situation… does your training prepare you for this?

A CCW permit holder, Samuel Williams 71, drew is 380 pistol and shot the two robbers who entered a Internet Cafe in Ocala Fl. More details on the story can be found below:
http://www.gainesville.com/article/20120714/ARTICLES/120719763

Williams not likely to be charged:
http://www.gainesville.com/article/20120716/ARTICLES/120719707

Color Codes of Mindset

The color code, as originally introduced by Jeff Cooper, had nothing to do with tactical situations or alertness levels, but rather with one’s state of mind. As taught by Cooper, it relates to the degree of peril you are willing to do something about and which allows you to move from one level of mindset to another to enable you to properly handle a given situation. Cooper did not claim to have invented anything in particular with the color code, but he was apparently the first to use it as an indication of mental state.

cooper-color-code

White: Unaware and unprepared. If attacked in Condition White, the only thing that may save you is the inadequacy or ineptitude of your attacker. When confronted by something nasty, your reaction will probably be “Oh my! This can’t be happening to me.”
Yellow: Relaxed alert. No specific threat situation. Your mindset is that “today could be the day I may have to defend myself”. You are simply aware that the world is a potentially unfriendly place and that you are prepared to defend yourself, if necessary. You use your eyes and ears, and realize that “I may have to shoot today”. You don’t have to be armed in this state, but if you are armed you should be in Condition Yellow. You should always be in Yellow whenever you are in unfamiliar surroundings or among people you don’t know. You can remain in Yellow for long periods, as long as you are able to “Watch your six.” (In aviation 12 o’clock refers to the direction in front of the aircraft’s nose. Six o’clock is the blind spot behind the pilot.) In Yellow, you are “taking in” surrounding information in a relaxed but alert manner, like a continuous 360 degree radar sweep. As Cooper put it, “I might have to shoot.”

Orange: Specific alert. Something is not quite right and has your attention. Your radar has picked up a specific alert. You shift your primary focus to determine if there is a threat (but you do not drop your six). Your mindset shifts to “I may have to shoot that person today”, focusing on the specific target which has caused the escalation in alert status. In Condition Orange, you set a mental trigger: “If that person does “X”, I will need to stop them”. Your pistol usually remains holstered in this state. Staying in Orange can be a bit of a mental strain, but you can stay in it for as long as you need to. If the threat proves to be nothing, you shift back to Condition Yellow.

Red: Condition Red is fight. Your mental trigger (established back in Condition Orange) has been tripped. “If ‘X’ happens I will shoot that person” — ‘X’ has happened, the fight is on.

The USMC uses “Condition Black,” although it was not originally part of Cooper’s color code. According to Massad Ayoob, “Condition Black,” in Cooper’s youth, meant “combat in progress.”