Update to Komakazzi 2 Post 15 Mar.
A Washington state medical marijuana activist who nearly killed an intruder in his home this month has been barred from buying guns, even though he says he has no criminal record.
Steve Sarich says he tried to buy a shotgun and a pistol a few days after the March 15 shootout to replace ones that were seized by investigators, but he failed the background check.
The King County Sheriff's Office sent him an e-mail Tuesday explaining the denial. It says Sarich showed investigators his paperwork as a medical marijuana patient, and those papers create a presumption that Sarich is an "unlawful user" of a controlled substance.
The sheriff's office says that under federal law, using a controlled substance disqualifies someone from passing a background check for gun purchas
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