Ontonagon man sues state over right to carry

Published: Aug. 14, 2017 at 11:02 AM EDT
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An Ontonagon Man is suing the state for his right to carry.

Bill Johnson filed a federal claim against the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services in July.

Current foster licensing requirements forbid Johnson to be a foster parent and carry a weapon.

The Johnsons were made aware of the law when they attempted to become foster parents earlier this year as part of a custody struggle over their grandson.

Right now, Johnson has a concealed pistol license and carries his gun with him at all times.

He claims the requirement violates his second amendment rights.

"They said, 'Well, you're not allowed to carry a hand gun while you have a foster child.' I have a right and an obligation to defend my family, and when they are telling me, 'You can't do that', then they have stepped way over the bounds. I took an oath at 17 years old to defend the constitution. My oath never expired. Did theirs?" asked Johnson.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services declined to comment on the case.

Their Foster Family Homes Licensing rule book states all hazardous weapons must be stored out of the reach of children as age appropriate.

The rule book requires all firearms be trigger locked and stored without ammunition in a locked gun safe.

The DHHS also requires that ammunition be stored in a separate locked location.

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