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Is it Illegal for Medical Marijuana Patients to Possess Firearms?

Possessing a firearm for self-defense purposes is at the core of our Second Amendment rights.  But do you lose your right to bear arms if you’re lawfully using medical marijuana?  The answer appears to be “yes.”  A number of friends have posed this question to me recently over a few separate occasions, so I thought I’d write this post along the lines of a PSA and to help make sure we’re all aware of the law (and of your potential exposure!).

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“Stand Your Ground” Basics

A number of recent events (and some changes in the law) have left a lot of us with more questions than ever about the law of self defense and Florida’s so-called “Stand Your Ground” law.  There is a lot of confusion about this, so I’m going to attempt to go over the basics here by way of this PSA-type article.  Read on if you’d like to get a sense of the lay of the land in every-day language with some examples of what scenarios were ruled legitimate self-defense and what weren’t.““Stand Your Ground” Basics”Continue reading

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Concealed Firearms in Your Vehicle (w/o a Permit) – How Not to Get Arrested

Bearing arms for legitimate self-defense is a Constitutional right.  But like so many other things, the devil is in the details.  The government is allowed to impose reasonable restrictions on that right in order to carry out law enforcement functions and in support of the general welfare, but sometimes those restrictions violate our Constitutional rights and must be challenged in court.

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