Lawsuit Challenges Anti-gun Policy in Oklahoma

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Americans are rightfully distrustful of what President Barack Obama claims are “common sense” changes in the enforcement of federal gun laws designed to make Americans “safer,” while not infringing on the right to keep and bear arms.

When politicians such as Obama and Hillary Clinton (who has said that she is “proud” of Obama’s recent executive orders regarding gun sales) say that they only want to keep guns out of the hands of criminals, and have no intention of confiscating firearms from law-abiding Americans, a large number of Americans simply do not believe them.

But when the family doctor asks, “Do you have a gun in the home?,” many will voluntarily give up that information. After all, they think, the doctor is not going to take away anyone’s guns. But there is a problem with this: Besides the fact that such questions collect information on who does and does not own a firearm, the implication is that the mere ownership of a gun is a potential health issue.

With this in mind, those who understand the importance of the right to keep and bear arms need to be aware of subtle encroachments on that right such as what is happening in Oklahoma.

In Oklahoma, the state Department of Human Services (OKDHS) has formulated a policy for foster and adoptive families which clearly infringes on the constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms. The policy also implies that, like the seemingly innocent question from a physician about gun ownership, just possessing a gun is dangerous. In short, the policy states that those Oklahomans who are either foster parents or adoptive parents would be forbidden from possessing or carrying firearms in their vehicles or while their foster/adopted children are present.
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