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Colorado gun group: Let marijuana users have concealed carry permits

Edgar Antillon, co-founder of Guns for Everyone in Westminster, Colorado, doesn't see why legal recreational and medical marijuana can't coexist with concealed carry permits, so he has filed a proposed ballot measure that would bring Colorado's gun laws in line with its marijuana laws.

The County Sheriffs of Colorado concealed handgun permit application currently asks if you are 'an unlawful user of, or addicted to, marijuana, or any depressant, stimulant, or narcotic drug, or any other controlled substance,'" the Washington Times reports.

Since Coloradoans voted to legalize medical marijuana in 2000 and recreational marijuana for adults in 2012, it's unclear what type of user is defined by state law as "unlawful," though some say that the entire state of Colorado is in violation of federal law.

"Marijuana is legal in Colorado, and the people voted to regulate it like alcohol," said Isaac Chase, the co-founder of Antillon's Colorado Campaign for Equal Gun Rights. "Consumers of alcohol are allowed to conceal, so should marijuana users."

The initiative needs 86,105 signatures to qualify for the ballot.