YREKA, Calif. — Three decades of service in law enforcement and being U.S. Soldier and Marine didn’t keep the federal government from prohibiting the Siskiyou County Sheriff from purchasing a new gun.
Six weeks ago, Sheriff John Lopey tried to order a new rifle for personal use. This week he found out his application for the firearm was denied.
According to Lopey, he received a letter informing him that he was flagged on a federal data base known as NICS or the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. The Sheriff says the letter was vague on the details of the denial and federal officials haven’t shed any light on the topic.
Lopey says his California background check came back squeaky clean. As a strong supporter of the Second Amendment, Lopey says he is bothered by what the flagging implies.
“What you’re essentially telling me is not only can I not purchase a weapon, but if I can’t purchase a weapon, then essentially you’re telling me I shouldn’t possess or own a weapon,” said Lopey.
The Sheriff did mention the federal flag on his name could be something as simple as a glitch, or perhaps identity theft, but as Lopey explained he’d rather it be one of the former, than a political or bureaucratic move against him.