"William Johnson and his wife, Jill Johnson, of Ontonagon, were asked to be foster parents to their grandchild, according to a lawsuit filed in federal court," Michigan Live reported in a Sunday update to a story that broke in mid-July. "But William Johnson was surprised when caseworkers asked for the serial numbers for all of his guns and allegedly told him, 'if you want to care for your grandson you will have to give up some of your constitutional rights.'
"[T]he Johnsons, along with the Second Amendment Foundation and Brian and Naomi Mason, argued … that the policy improperly restricts the constitutional rights of foster parents," the story elaborates. "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 should be no surprise that such infringements are not limited adoption situations. Divorce can bring its own complications into the mix. "Parents who own guns can have custody of children, but the way the guns are used, stored, and kept could become controversial issues when it comes time to for family courts to decide on custody or visitation issues," LegalMatch.com notes.