This week, Oregon’s court of appeals decided whether a sheriff may look at the medical marijuana database to check on someone who applied for a concealed handgun permit.
In the abstract, if a person lives on a big ranch in a county where cows outnumber people, maybe I don’t care. Smoking pot and playing with guns is probably better than getting drunk with your guns or using meth and playing “spin the gun.”
On the other hand, a concealed handgun license means you want to carry a loaded gun around people. It means if you get spooked, you can pull out your Glock and fire 13 rounds before you even realize that you misinterpreted the other guy’s comment.
The court held that the law controlling access to the medical marijuana database prohibited the sheriff’s look-see. Although, generally, I’m all for privacy, I think Oregon might consider amending its law to let the sheriff at least check the database and then determine whether the applicant is really a paranoid cancer patient or a paranoid drug dealer.