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Rep. Hughes bill protects rights of law-abiding gun owners

State Rep. Holly Hughes introduced legislation protecting the fundamental rights of legal gun owners who apply to become foster parents in Michigan. (Photo: WEYI)

State Rep. Holly Hughes introduced legislation protecting the fundamental rights of legal gun owners who apply to become foster parents in Michigan.

Rep. Hughes, of Montague, said she started working on the bill after learning about a couple who filed suit against the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, alleging the department’s policies on firearms violate their Second Amendment rights.

“A state agency cannot be permitted to take negative action against families simply for exercising a right guaranteed to them by the Michigan and U.S. constitutions,” Rep. Hughes said.

The bill makes it clear that an agency should not consider the legal possession of a firearm or possession of a concealed pistol license when placing children into foster care or adoption.

"With the shortage of foster parents for kids in need, why should we keep kids from a loving home over a Constitutional right guaranteed by our country’s founders?” Rep. Hughes said. “My bill eliminates an obstacle that serves as a disincentive for prospective foster parents and ensures that loving families are not unfairly punished for exercising a fundamental right.”

House Bill 4955 has been referred to the House Judiciary Committee for consideration.

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