Back in July we brought you the sad story of William and Jill Johnson, two grandparents who were asked by the state to become foster parents to their grandson after the boy were taken from his parents. The Johnson’s willingly accepted and were ready to take the child in, when the state told them that they would also have to register all of their firearms with the state.
One Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) official told the Johnson’s that “if you want to care for your grandson you will have to give up some of your constitutional rights.”
Yes, you read that right. The government actually told a law abiding citizen that if he wanted to be a foster parent he would have to give up some of his constitutional rights. And yes, that is ridiculous.
Two weeks later a judge in the case made a similarly egregious statement.
A Gogebic County Court judge told the Johnsons that if they wanted their grandson placed in their care, “We know we are violating numerous constitutional rights here, but if you do not comply, we will remove the boy from your home.”
Thankfully, the Johnson’s and another Michigan foster family, aren’t taking the attack on their rights lying down. The two families have filed a lawsuit against the state of Michigan for its assault on their Constitutional rights.
The Johnsons and one other Michigan family, arguing their second amendment rights were being infringed on, sued. The case, Johnson et al v. Lyon, was filed on July 17 in the United States District Court Western District of Michigan…
But the Johnsons, along with the Second Amendment Foundation and Brian and Naomi Mason, argued in a lawsuit filing that the policy improperly restricts the constitutional rights of foster parents.
The state rule “as-applied functionally restricts foster and adoptive parents, and would-be foster and adoptive parents, the rights and privileges of possessing and bearing readily-available firearms for self-defense and defense of family,” the lawsuit alleges.
It also denies them equal protection under the fourteenth amendment, the lawsuit argues.
The case is being heard by a judge who was appointed to the bench by President George W. Bush, and there is much hope across the nation that these foster families will win a resounding victory because it’s not just Michigan that restricts the RIGHTS of foster parents. There are other states, including my home state of Georgia, that have strict regulations in place for any foster parent who owns a firearm. The Michigan case could set an important precedent forcing states to recognize the truth that foster families should enjoy the same rights as every other American citizen.