Sheriff appeals gun ruling on medical marijuana cardholders

Jackson County's sheriff has appealed an Oregon Court of Appeals decision that he had no legal basis for denying a concealed handgun license to a medical marijuana cardholder.

Sheriff Mike Winters denied Cynthia Willis' gun permit in 2008 arguing that granting the permit would violate federal laws that prohibit drug users from legally possessing guns.

Upholding an earlier ruling by Jackson County Circuit Court Judge Mark Schiveley, the appeals court in June concluded the sheriff would not break the federal Gun Control Act of 1968 by issuing a handgun permit to Willis based on Oregon's concealed handgun licensing laws. The federal act gives states the authority to set its own rules for gun ownership.

It's unclear whether the Oregon Supreme Court will agree to hear the case.

— Paris Achen

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