I know some people that foster, and their lives are slightly different than most of ours. For example, the children that they foster are not allowed to be babysat, ever, unless it is by someone on an approved list from the state.
That alone could cause some minor complications in daily life.
However, there are also stipulations that are more than just a small inconvenience. For example, foster parents cannot carry a gun, meaning they cannot practice their second amendment rights to protect themselves.
These grandparents are fighting back against that! Bill Johnson faced a hard decision when he started fostering his grandson: giving up his gun.
He said that the Department of Health and Human Services told him, “If you want to care for your grandson, you will have to give up some of your constitutional rights.” They allegedly clarified the situation after he refused to comply, when they said, “There would not be a power struggle, that they would just take his grandson and place him in a foster home.”
This isn’t right.
Johnson is the last person you would want to say that to. He is an ex-Marine who loves the Constitution like he loves the Bible, as “the last book God wrote,” and his mild looks belie a fierce independence and a Marine’s steely resolve.
He’s had guns for most of his life, ever since he was 9 years old. His grandfather taught him how to shoot, and he does not plan to sacrifice his gun ownership just to satisfy some bureaucrats.
“I don’t know whether it was unfortunate or fortunate that they ran into me,” Johnson told the Independent Journal Review. “Because I don’t tolerate this sort of stuff from any agency.”
Bill and Jill Johnson are suing Michigan for the firearms restrictions placed on foster parents, arguing that the restrictions amount to an unconstitutional ban on firearms. They have joined the push to roll back regulations on foster parents’ ability to bear arms, and the effects could ripple throughout the rest of the nation.
The Johnsons’ suit is the third of its kind that is backed by the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF), a national advocacy group that uses the courts to broaden gun rights. The first suit against Oklahoma was dismissed in May because the state had abandoned its “weapons safety agreement.” The other suit will have a hearing in Illinois’s courts next year, according to The New York Times.