FIREARMS IN FOSTER HOMES                                                                 S.B. 527 (S-1):

                                                                                                    SUMMARY OF BILL

                                                                                      REPORTED FROM COMMITTEE










Senate Bill 527 (Substitute S-1 as reported)

Sponsor:  Senator Tom Casperson

Committee:  Judiciary




The bill would amend the Foster Care and Adoption Services Act to do the following:


 --    Allow an individual to possess a firearm or ammunition while on the premises of a foster home if he or she were permitted to possess a firearm under State law.

 --    Require an individual who possessed a firearm or ammunition while on the premises of a foster home to store it in a locked secure storage container unless it was being used for a lawful purpose, or the firearm was inoperable and solely ornamental.

 --    Allow an individual to carry a firearm on his or her person while in the presence of a foster child, provided certain conditions were met.

 --    Specify that a supervising agency would be immune from civil or criminal liability for an injury resulting from the use of a firearm or ammunition that was stored on the premises of a foster home or carried by a foster care provider or resident of the foster home.

 --    Specify that the bill would not bar, or authorize a supervising agency to bar, a foster child from lawful possession of a firearm for certain purposes while he or she was in the presence of an adult who could lawfully possess a firearm.

 --    Prohibit a supervising agency from requiring a foster parent to provide it with confidential firearm information.


Proposed MCL 722.958b                                                    Legislative Analyst:  Jeff Mann




The bill would have no fiscal impact on State or local government.


Date Completed:  10-18-17                                                  Fiscal Analyst:  John Maxwell




This analysis was prepared by nonpartisan Senate staff for use by the Senate in its deliberations and does not constitute an official statement of legislative intent.