Grandfather sues after being forced to choose between gun rights or grandson

A Michigan grandfather has filed a lawsuit after being told, “If you want to care for your grandson, you will have to give up some of your constitutional rights.”

William Johnson, 54, of Ontonagon, Michigan, is a retired, disabled U.S. Marine with a Michigan Concealed Pistol License. When the state of Michigan asked Johnson and his wife to act as foster parents for their grandson, they dutifully went to pick up the child – and their troubles began.

According to a report in The Washington Free Beacon, Johnson was searched for firearms as soon as he arrived. He was not carrying a weapon, but Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) officials demanded to see his concealed carry license and he was informed that he must supply them with serial numbers to all of his guns.

When he protested, one caseworker told Johnson, “If you want to care for your grandson, you will have to give up some of your constitutional rights.” He was told if he did not cooperate, they would simply place his grandson in a different foster home.

During a hearing two weeks later, a county judge confirmed the order. According to Michigan state law, foster parents must register their handguns with the state and keep the guns unloaded and locked in a safe separate from any ammunition.

The judge reportedly told the couple, “We know we are violating numerous constitutional rights here, but if you do not comply, we will remove the boy from your home.”

Johnson filed a lawsuit Monday, alleging that the MDHHS law violates the second amendment rights of foster parents.

Todd Starnes of Fox News covered the story on his radio program Wednesday:

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