SB-0527, As Passed Senate, November 8, 2017






























     A bill to amend 1994 PA 203, entitled


"Foster care and adoption services act,"


(MCL 722.951 to 722.960) by adding section 8b.




     Sec. 8b. (1) A person who may lawfully possess a firearm under


state law may possess the firearm, whether loaded or unloaded, or


ammunition while on the premises of a foster home in accordance


with the provisions of this section.


     (2) Except as otherwise provided in subsection (4), a person


described in subsection (1) who possesses a firearm or ammunition


while on the premises of a foster home must store the firearm and


ammunition in a locked secure storage container except in the


following circumstances:


     (a) If the firearm or ammunition is used for a lawful purpose,


which may include, but is not limited to, an educational or


recreational purpose, hunting, the defense of a person or property,


or cleaning or servicing the firearm.


     (b) If the firearm or ammunition is inoperable and solely




     (3) A person who is authorized to possess a firearm on the


premises of a foster home under subsection (1) may carry a firearm


on his or her person while in the presence of a foster child,


including, but not limited to, while operating or riding in or upon


a motor vehicle, if the person does both of the following:


     (a) Carries the firearm in a manner that ensures that the


firearm is, at all times, in the control of an adult who may


lawfully possess the firearm or ammunition.


     (b) Returns the firearm to a locked storage container when the


firearm is on the premises of the foster home or in the presence of


a foster child and is not being carried on his or her person in


accordance with this subsection or being used for a lawful purpose.


     (4) A supervising agency and the employees of the supervising


agency are immune from civil or criminal liability for an injury


resulting from the use of a firearm or ammunition that is stored on


the premises of a foster home or is carried by a provider of foster


care or any other person who resides in a foster home.


     (5) Nothing in this section bars a foster child or authorizes


a supervising agency to bar a foster child from lawful possession


of a firearm for a hunting, educational, or recreational purpose

while the foster child is in the presence of an adult who may


lawfully possess a firearm.


     (6) In accordance with section 1b of 1927 PA 372, MCL 28.421b,


a supervising agency shall not require a foster parent to provide


the supervising agency with confidential firearm information,


including serial numbers, registration documents, and licensing




     (7) A party subject to the provisions of this section must


comply with all other state and federal statutes regarding firearms


or ammunition.


     (8) As used in this section:


     (a) "Foster child" means a child placed outside of his or her


home for foster care or adoption services under the care and


supervision of a supervising agency.


     (b) "Foster home" means a foster family home or a foster


family group home as those terms are defined in section 1 of 1973


PA 116, MCL 722.111.


     Enacting section 1. This amendatory act takes effect 90 days


after the date it is enacted into law.