Can I buy a gun if I have a medical marijuana card?

Short answer? No.

While the State of Arizona has legalized Marijuana, possession is still illegal under federal law.

When you are purchasing a firearm, you are doing so under the jurisdiction of the federal government. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) governs the laws surrounding gun ownership, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) processes your criminal background check when purchasing a gun.

One of the questions on your 4473 (think of it as a gun purchasing form) is: “Are you an unlawful user of, or addicted to, marijuana or any depressent, stimulant, narcotic drug, or any other controlled substance?”. The ammended 2021 form even states specifically “Warning: The use or posesssion of Marijuana remains unlawful under Federal law regardless of whether it has been legalized or decriminalized for medicinal or recreational purposes in the state where you reside.”

Since answering this question untruthfully and then buying a gun is a felony, you are taking the risk of mandatory prison time, confiscation of your gun, and the loss of your firearm rights if you choose to smoke or hold a card and own or possess (even borrow) a gun.

We understand this is a tough choice for some. Some have legitimate medical reasons for their Marijuana card and find that it truly helps with chronic pain and other serious illnesses. And these individuals still understandably desire to exercise their right to defend themselves and protect their families. We get it. Unfortunately, until federal laws are changed, our hands are tied.