Like many Americans, Benjamin Carter liked to smoke marijuana. He also lived in a bad neighborhood, and worried about being the victim of crime.
Even though 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(3) says that it is a crime for any person “who is an unlawful user of or addicted to any controlled substance” to possess a firearm, Mr. Carter did just that.
When the government found out about his guns and his marijuana habit, they charged him violating section 922(g)(3).