BELLEVUE, Wash. — March 19, 2024 — Attorneys representing the Second Amendment Foundation and two individual plaintiffs in a federal lawsuit challenging the federal ban on gun ownership by medical marijuana users have filed a brief supporting their motion for a preliminary injunction in the case.

The brief was filed in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. SAF is joined by Warren County, Pa., District Attorney Robert Greene, who has served in that office since 2013 and currently possesses a medical marijuana ID card under Pennsylvania law and James Irey, a veteran who was recommended medical marijuana but has refrained from obtaining a card as it would deny his ability to exercise his Second Amendment rights. They are represented by attorneys Adam Kraut, who serves as SAF’s executive director, and Joshua Prince of Bechtelsville, Pa. Defendants are Attorney General Merrick Garland, FBI Director Christopher Wray and ATF Director Steven Dettelbach, and the U.S. Government.

The lawsuit challenges restrictions contained in 18 U.S.C. §§ 922(g)(3), (d)(3), and all related laws, regulations, policies, and procedures, including, but not limited to, 27 C.F.R. §§ 478.32(a)(3), (d)(3) which prohibit firearms purchases and possession by persons who use marijuana or other controlled substances.

In their brief, SAF and its partners remind the court that, “Defendants have prohibited a particular class of persons, including Plaintiffs Greene and Irey, along with SAF’s similarly situated members, from possessing or obtaining a MMID, and utilizing medical marijuana for treatment, while possessing firearms and ammunition in direct violation of the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution, as held by Heller, McDonald, and Bruen.”

“Due to the law individuals are placed in the untenable situation of having to choose whether to use a medicine recommended to them by a doctor to treat their symptoms at the expense of their Second Amendment rights or exercise their rights at the detriment of their health,” said Adam Kraut, SAF’s Executive Director. “Having to make such a choice is simply wrong and we look forward to vindicating the rights of those affected.”

“It is long past the time for this restriction to be challenged,” said SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb. “Our lawsuit raises very legitimate issues for a growing number of law-abiding citizens whose Second Amendment rights are unquestionably and arbitrarily infringed upon. The restriction lacks any direct or analogous historical support, as required by the Supreme Court’s 2022 Bruen ruling.”