Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Adoption, Guns & Ammo Style

Well, isn't this charming?! The NRA doesn't want adoption agencies to ask prospective adoptive parents if they have guns in the home, according to this article:

The National Rifle Association is pushing legislation to ban adoption agencies from asking potential parents if they have guns and ammunition in the home.

NRA lobbyist Marion Hammer said adoption agencies are violating gun-owners' rights by asking about firearms in an adoption form. She said any request about gun ownership from an agency connected with government was tantamount to establishing a gun registry.

"Gun registration is illegal in Florida," Hammer said. "An adoption agency has no right to subvert the privacy rights of gun owners."

Thanks to Family Preservation Advocate for the link! As AdoptAuthor cogently notes there, no one has a right to adopt. If you don't like questions about your gun ownership, then don't adopt. Courts frequently note that there is no privacy right in adoption.

Adoption agencies ask about all kinds of LEGAL activity -- do you have a swimming pool? do you spank your children? do you smoke? -- without anyone looking to change the law!


Wendy said...

The line about having a "right" to adopt nails it, adoption is a choice for AP's. If you don't want to subject yourself to scrutiny don't adopt. It seems more often people complain about all they have to go through to adopt and that bio parents don't go through any process--true, maybe they should.

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