Sheriff Prohibited from Purchasing Gun

lopeyYREKA, 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.


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  1. RidgeRunner says:

    Guilty till proven innocent ?
    How can a “glitch” ruin a man’s career?
    Just make sure the “error” attaches to an outspoken law man.
    And let him prove its just an “error”.
    This is wrong on so many levels.

  2. CannabisTV says:

    Now he gets a taste of how he and others in law enforcement treat the citizens. Many medical cannabis patients have been illegally told they cannot get a concealed carry permit because they use cannabis. But you can be drugged up on a dozen prescription pills and be a drunkard and still get one easily. This is just another example of law enforcement corruption and an overpowered nanny state government that thinks they control peoples personal lives.

    1. Niemand says:

      Ditto (what CannabisTV said).

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