Michigan Forces Grandparents Choose Between Their Guns And Their Grandchild

  • 08/23/2017 12:00 AM
  • Source: AAN
  • by: AAN Staff
Michigan Forces Grandparents Choose Between Their Guns And Their Grandchild
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The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has rules for foster parents so strict they force gun-owners to choose between keeping their constitutional rights and providing a loving home for children. A lawsuit filed on behalf of William and Jill Johnson against the department’s director, Nick Lyon hopes to change that.
Representatives for the State of Michigan recently asked the Johnsons to become foster parents to their grandchild. When the couple came for the boy, caseworkers began grilling Mr. Johnson, demanding he present his Concealed Pistol License and turn in the serial numbers for all of his firearms.
When Mr. Johnson questioned the need to submit the serial numbers, officials warned that the Department of Health and Human Services did not look kindly at attempts to question their authority. One caseworker allegedly said, “if you want to care for your grandson you will have to give up some of your constitutional rights,” and that the department could take his grandson and put him in a foster home at any time. A judge similarly told the Johnsons that fostering their grandson required they surrender their right to keep and bear arms.
Mr. Johnson is a 54-year-old retired, 100 percent disabled Marine Corps veteran. He only wishes to keep readily available firearms for the defense of his family at their home in Michigan’s sparsely populated Upper Peninsula. Besides not being able to rely upon a quick police response, the region contains a variety of potentially dangerous predators, including moose, black bears, cougars, wolves, bobcats, and coyotes.
When the Second Amendment Foundation learned of the Johnsons’ plight, they filed a federal lawsuit, Johnson et al v. Lyon, on their behalf. Brian and Naomi Mason joined as additional plaintiffs, claiming that Michigan’s strict regulations kept them from becoming foster parents, too. 
The lawsuit hopes to prove the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services violates the civil rights of foster parents. The plaintiffs request the court issue an injunction stopping its director, Lyon, from enforcing this rule and void language impeding gun ownership. District Judge Paul Maloney, nominated by President George W. Bush will decide the case.
 Source: AAN
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