Schumer Pushes For Military To Report Applicants’ Drug Use to Prevent Gun Purchases

Charles Schumer

Charles Schumer

Thanks to Chris W. for sending this along, commenting, “Admit you’ve used illegal drugs? You may be disqualified if Senator Chuck Schumer has his way” (reported by Fox News):

If someone admits to a federal official that he’s used illegal drugs, that information should be sent to the FBI so that person can be disqualified from purchasing a gun, Sen. Chuck Schumer said Sunday.

Noting that the alleged shooter in the Tucson massacre had admitted to military recruiters that he had used drugs on several occasions, Schumer said he is proposing to the Justice Department and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives that the military be required to notify federal officials about such admissions. The New York Democrat said such a process does not require new legislation.

Jared Lee Loughner is charged with five federal counts in the killing of a federal judge and shooting of Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. The mass shooting January 8 outside a Safeway grocery store resulted in six dead and 13 injured.

A military official told Fox News last week that Loughner was rejected from enlisting in the Army in 2008 because he admitted he had used drugs. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because privacy laws prevent the military from disclosing such information about an individual’s application.

Schumer said if military recruiters or other officials report admissions of drug use to a national database, those individuals could be denied a gun…

[continues at Fox News]

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  • Sharpie

    Are you fucking joking? This is insane. They are slowly but surely stripping every single right the constitution gives us.

    So if I admit to ANY federal official, that I may have smoked marijuana, or used any other drug as an experiment at any point in my life, this asshole wants to take away the right for me to protect myself? the EXTREME majority of firearms are either used in hunting or for home/self-protection. that right should not be taken away from any citizen that has otherwise passed the requirements to own a firearm.

    because I used “illegal” substance, and have ADMITTED it to someone, i deserve to be less safe than my neighbor?

    now, i dont own a firearm, or use “illegal” substances for that matter, however the more rules they apply to our rights that should be inherited simply by being a US citizen protected by the constitution, the angrier and more dangerous those will be that you apply these rules to.

  • Sharpie

    Are you fucking joking? This is insane. They are slowly but surely stripping every single right the constitution gives us.

    So if I admit to ANY federal official, that I may have smoked marijuana, or used any other drug as an experiment at any point in my life, this asshole wants to take away the right for me to protect myself? the EXTREME majority of firearms are either used in hunting or for home/self-protection. that right should not be taken away from any citizen that has otherwise passed the requirements to own a firearm.

    because I used “illegal” substance, and have ADMITTED it to someone, i deserve to be less safe than my neighbor?

    now, i dont own a firearm, or use “illegal” substances for that matter, however the more rules they apply to our rights that should be inherited simply by being a US citizen protected by the constitution, the angrier and more dangerous those will be that you apply these rules to.

  • Hadrian999

    way to make people less likely to seek treatment for a substance problem

  • Hadrian999

    way to make people less likely to seek treatment for a substance problem

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    Way to miss the point, Schumer! Fuck…mary jane may very well have been the only thing keeping a lid on that kid over the last few years. It was self medicating activity…which is EXTREMELY common in undiagnosed cases of mental illness. Finding ways to cope with abnormal stressors via alternative (ie. non-prescribed but easily available) substances is so commonplace it defies description.

    Easy to see how a gov’t stooge turd like Schumer would happily exploit the tragedy of uncared for mental patients by looking for a chance to tighten the noose on all other human beings. He’s a politician…its what they do. D or R, lib or con…you’re choices are pretty much between unlubricated and lubricated anal invasion.

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    Way to miss the point, Schumer! Fuck…mary jane may very well have been the only thing keeping a lid on that kid over the last few years. It was self medicating activity…which is EXTREMELY common in undiagnosed cases of mental illness. Finding ways to cope with abnormal stressors via alternative (ie. non-prescribed but easily available) substances is so commonplace it defies description.

    Easy to see how a gov’t stooge turd like Schumer would happily exploit the tragedy of uncared for mental patients by looking for a chance to tighten the noose on all other human beings. He’s a politician…its what they do. D or R, lib or con…you’re choices are pretty much between unlubricated and lubricated anal invasion.

    • robertpinkerton

      Senators Schumer and Lautenberg are the most notorious gun-haters in the Senate They seek any pretext to disqualify any person from owning a firearm.

      As to — horrors! — D R U G S, this is an example of the fallacy of imputing a unitarily common motive to all of your enemies. If you are dealing with someone whose mind is bent exclusively with cannabis, and you need him out of your way, ask politely; while it might take him a few seconds to throw his stone off, he will comply, possibly even apologize to you for obstruction. If you are dealing with someone whose mind is bent by alcohol, possible response varies from the polite response of the cannabist to contumacious pugnacity. Deal with someone whose mind has been bect by cocaine, and you are dealing with the human equivalent of old dynamite that is “sweating” nitroglycerine.

      I acknowledge that others might have a different view arising from a different pattern of observation and experience; but this is mine, again based on observation and (Minus the cocaine; I was never ever foolish enough to try that.) experience.

      Cannabis is less harmful by far than alcohol can be. It ought to be nothing less than flat lawful under concurrent Federal and State tax control, as alcohol and nicotiene are now.

  • Ironaddict06

    Sooner or Later there will be laws regulating guns based on a persons drug use(legal or illegal). With the shootings at Virginia Tech and Columbine, the argument that these kids were on antidepressants and physchological unstable can easily be established. So YES, this will be a way to take away gun rights from a large majority of Americans.

  • Ironaddict06

    Sooner or Later there will be laws regulating guns based on a persons drug use(legal or illegal). With the shootings at Virginia Tech and Columbine, the argument that these kids were on antidepressants and physchological unstable can easily be established. So YES, this will be a way to take away gun rights from a large majority of Americans.

  • E.B. Wolf

    Regardless of their substance issues, anyone who would admit anything to the feds these days is likely too stupid to be trusted with a gun.

  • E.B. Wolf

    Regardless of their substance issues, anyone who would admit anything to the feds these days is likely too stupid to be trusted with a gun.

  • Anonymous

    Senators Schumer and Lautenberg are the most notorious gun-haters in the Senate They seek any pretext to disqualify any person from owning a firearm.

    As to — horrors! — D R U G S, this is an example of the fallacy of imputing a unitarily common motive to all of your enemies. If you are dealing with someone whose mind is bent exclusively with cannabis, and you need him out of your way, ask politely; while it might take him a few seconds to throw his stone off, he will comply, possibly even apologize to you for obstruction. If you are dealing with someone whose mind is bent by alcohol, possible response varies from the polite response of the cannabist to contumacious pugnacity. Deal with someone whose mind has been bect by cocaine, and you are dealing with the human equivalent of old dynamite that is “sweating” nitroglycerine.

    I acknowledge that others might have a different view arising from a different pattern of observation and experience; but this is mine, again based on observation and (Minus the cocaine; I was never ever foolish enough to try that.) experience.

    Cannabis is less harmful by far than alcohol can be. It ought to be nothing less than flat lawful under concurrent Federal and State tax control, as alcohol and nicotiene are now.

  • Nkarnes

    When will America wake up, vote out these fascist Republicrats and vote in a freedom loving party like the Guns and Dope Party? Don’t really think we’re there yet. Oh well. I guess Americans love fear more than freedom.

    • Hadrian999

      before you can vote someone out you need someone to vote in and the american political process has been turned into a carnival side show, america voted out bush and the republicans but got no actual change. all both major parties are controlled by the same people and the minor parties are so disorganized they aren’t a danger.

  • Nkarnes

    When will America wake up, vote out these fascist Republicrats and vote in a freedom loving party like the Guns and Dope Party? Don’t really think we’re there yet. Oh well. I guess Americans love fear more than freedom.

  • Hadrian999

    before you can vote someone out you need someone to vote in and the american political process has been turned into a carnival side show, america voted out bush and the republicans but got no actual change. all both major parties are controlled by the same people and the minor parties are so disorganized they aren’t a danger.