The outrage and anger over this story will possibly make you pop an artery. This is one of the most egregious overreaching acts by a government body AND judge that we’ve seen.
A family in Michigan apparently needs to take custody of their grandson. Clearly, there are some issues with his parents, or the grandparents wouldn’t be involved. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services were all set to allow the grandparents to take custody, rather than having the poor child end up in foster care when they demanded something so absolutely outrageous that someone needs to be fired over it.
They demanded that the grandparents forfeit their right to bear arms in order to be allowed custody.
As Bearing Arms reports:
On Monday, the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) filed a lawsuitagainst Michigan’s Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) for impeding on foster and adoptive parents’ Second Amendment rights.
SAF filed the lawsuit on behalf of two couples: William and Jill Johnson and Brian and Naomi Mason.
The Johnsons were going to take custody of their grandson to keep him from going into foster care. When they went to pick up their grandson, William, a retired, disabled Marine with a Concealed Pistol License (CPL), was searched for a firearm. He was not carrying a firearm at the time. At that point, agency officials told the Johnsons that they would be required to provide all firearms’ serial numbers to the agency as part of a registry. When Johnson questioned agency workers, he was given a surprising response.
This isn’t a surprising response; it’s an incredibly outrageous response:
“If you want to care for your grandson you will have to give up some of your constitutional rights,” a MDHHS worker retorted.
This is essentially extortion. In Michigan, if you don’t have your Concealed Pistol License, you have to get a License to Purchase which is registered with the state (really disgusting law in the first place). If you have your CPL, you’ve passed all the tests and have been given “permission” by the state to purchase a firearm without having to get a License to Purchase every time you want to simply buy a firearm.
MDHHS is demanding this former Marine and CPL holder register his firearms which is CONTRARY to existing law in Michigan.
But it gets even worse. When this was brought up in court, the judge, who is supposed to uphold the constitution, completely fell in line with the lunatics at MDHHS:
When the Johnsons appeared before a Gogebic County Court judge, the judge reiterated the agency worker’s statement.
“We know we are violating numerous constitutional rights here, but if you do not comply, we will remove the boy from your home,” the judge said.
How in the hell can a judge, who is required to uphold the Constitution by oath, justify his statement? Why hasn’t the call for his removal been extremely loud? There is nothing in the law that says a CPL holder has to register their firearms. If there are rules under MDHHS that mandate this, they are in violation of Michigan state law. It’s unconscionable the judge is agreeing with this kind of extortion.
The State of Michigan is basically telling these grandparents that if they don’t give them what they want (which violates their own rights) then they won’t allow them to have custody of their own flesh and blood. The state and the judge would rather see this child in foster care than with his actual grandparents because of their hoplophobia.
The governor of Michigan needs to step in and stop this madness. NO family should ever be treated this way nor have their rights violated like this. For God’s sakes, the state seems less concerned with the best care for the child and more concerned with their own personal issues over firearms.
This is an overreach that needs to be dealt with in the legislature as well, not to mention they seriously need to change their laws requiring archaic licensing.