On Wednesday, September 6, 2017, Senator Tom Casperson (R – Escanaba) and I introduced legislation to protect the constitutional rights of foster parents who open their homes to children in time of need.
A policy change enacted by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) in 2015, requires all firearms legally possessed in foster homes be locked in a gun case or stored with a trigger-lock separate from ammunition.
Under this policy, firearms cannot be carried in a holster, even by someone who is licensed to carry a concealed weapon, or stored in any other safe manner.
Sadly, this policy has impacted law enforcement officers and veterans who have been willing to foster family members and other children in times of crisis.
Thousands of children across the state are in need of temporary housing when removed from the care of their parent or guardian. MDHHS policies should not discriminate against safe, welcoming homes just because some individuals choose to exercise their constitutional rights.
Senate Bill 527 is currently under consideration in the Senate Judiciary Committee.