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.''
What's your opinion? Isn't that a bit of a stretch calling it "tantamount to establishing a gun registry?" It sounds like the real reason is fear of discrimination based on the fact that the prospective parents are gun owners. But, couldn't it work both ways? Gun people say owning a firearm makes them better able to protect their families. What if the adoption agency is of that opinion? In that case not owning a gun could be a liability.
Some longtime NRA opponents, like Democratic Sen. Nan Rich, said she did not like the idea of banning an agency from simply asking about gun ownership. "Parents frequently ask if other parents have guns in the home before their kids play there, so why can't an adoption agency just ask?'' Rich said.
Do you think that makes sense? Shouldn't the agency have as much information as possible in order to make the best decisions?
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