Michigan couples sue state to protect gun rights of foster, adoptive parents
By Chris Eger
According to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, 13,000 children are in foster care throughout the state. (Photo: MDHHS)
Two Michigan couples who wanted to adopt were told they would “have to give up some of your constitutional rights” have taken the matter to federal court.
The couples — William and Jill Johnson and Brian and Naomi Mason — filed a complaint against the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, alleging violations of the Second Amendment rights of people who want to be adoptive or foster parents in the state.
According to court documents, the Johnsons were asked by officials to be foster parents to their grandchild, but when William — a disabled veteran, and concealed pistol license holder — arrived to pick up the youth from MDHHS custody, caseworkers searched him and said he had to provide the serial numbers to all his firearms.
When he questioned caseworkers about the legality of the policy, Johnson was told “if you want to care for your grandson you will have to give up some of your constitutional rights,” and that if he persisted, they would just “take his grandson and place him in a foster home.”
Two weeks later, though a Gogebic County