ONTONAGON (AP) — A gun-owning couple in the Upper Peninsula has cleared a key hurdle in challenging Michigan’s restrictions on firearms in foster homes.
William and Jill Johnson of Ontonagon are licensed foster parents. They’re suing the Department of Health and Human Services over a rule that requires them to keep a gun locked up and unloaded and stored separately from ammunition. They say it violates the U.S. Constitution.READ MORE: Michigan Matters: Fighting for Inclusion, Detroit's Place in Civil Rights History
Western Michigan federal Judge Paul Maloney says the lawsuit can go forward. In a recent decision, he says storing guns “in an inoperable condition makes them useless for the defense of hearth and home.”READ MORE: Karen Carter, and Others Metro Detroiters Chipped In To Help Salvation Army’s Bed and Bread Radiothon
Separately, Attorney General Bill Schuette tried to file a legal brief in support of the Johnsons. The judge rejected it, saying it wouldn’t help him analyze the case.MORE NEWS: Granholm Confirmed By Senate To Be Next Energy Secretary
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