Oregon sheriff appeals gun permit to high court

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MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) -- An Oregon sheriff has appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court to block a concealed handgun license for a medical marijuana patient.

Jackson County Sheriff Mike Winters has argued that issuing the license would violate federal law, specifically the Gun Control Act of 1968.

The Mail Tribune reports that argument has been rejected by a trial court, the Oregon Court of Appeals and the Oregon Supreme Court. Each time, the courts ruled that state law on concealed handgun permits does not pre-empt federal law.

Cynthia Willis of Gold Hill was issued a concealed handgun license after the sheriff lost in the Oregon Court of Appeals. She admitted using medical marijuana when she filed her application with Winters in 2008, setting off the legal battle.

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Information from: Mail Tribune, http://www.mailtribune.com/