Medical Marijuana activist banned from purchasing guns; 3 of 5 attackers plead not guilty to charges


The Seattle Times is reporting that Steve Sarich, the medical-marijuana activist in Finn Hill who's home was invaded by armed men on March 15, has been barred from buying guns.

A medical-marijuana activist who shot an intruder in his home during a shootout this month has been barred from buying guns because he's a pot patient, according to an e-mail sent Tuesday by authorities.

The e-mail from the King County Sheriff's Office to Steve Sarich said paperwork authorizing him to use and grow marijuana for medical reasons was enough to deny him the possession of weapons.

Sarich, 59, said he tried to buy a shotgun and a pistol days after the March 15 shootout to replace ones seized by investigators. He said he has no criminal record but failed the background check because federal laws prohibit "unlawful users" of controlled substances from buying or receiving guns.

Marijuana is illegal under federal law.

The Seattle Times

On March 15, Sarich's Finn Hill home was the scene of a home invasion in which Sarich and one of the intruders exchanged gun fire. Sarich was slightly wounded in the exchange of fire while the other gunman was seriously injured and rushed to Harborview Medical Center after calling 911. According to The Times, "the suspect shot by Sarich has undergone surgeries on his heart and lungs and on Monday got one of his legs amputated below the knee, according to his lawyer."