1/21/2010

Florida Law Regarding Gun Ownership and Adoption

Apparently, there are some misplaced beliefs on what makes a safe home.

A bill that would ban adoption agencies from asking prospective parents about whether they have guns in the home moved through The Health & Family Services Policy Council with a unanimous vote.

The bill, sponsored by Republican Rep. Mike Horner of Kissimmee, was partly inspired by his efforts to adopt a child through the Childrens Home Society. Turns out, the society asked if he owned a firearm and what kind. That worried Horner, who wondered if his mere ownership of a firearm would be held against him -- and worse. Could the agency, a state contractor, be keeping a list of firearm owner?

"There are people who have a bias against guns," Horner said. "We don't want anyone in the state to register firearms. And this is a de facto registration." NRA lobbyist Marion Hammer told the committee that she feared the adoption agencies could be complicit in "profiling" gun owners.

The bill (here) has three prohibitions that forbid an adoption agency from 1) asking prospective parents about firearms 2) restricting gun ownership and 3) making a determination about whether a person can adopt based on gun ownership. . . .

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