IL: Federal Court Upholds Lawsuit to Void Foster Parents Rules against Exercise of 2A

The Second Amendment Foundation has gained another win in Illinois. This victory is a necessary but preliminary step to restore Second Amendment rights to people who are foster parents in Illinois. From SAF:

A federal district court judge in Illinois has denied that state’s motion to dismiss a legal challenge by the Second Amendment Foundation of its foster parenting rules that place restrictions on the possession of firearms for personal protection.

SAF filed the lawsuit last summer on behalf of Kenneth and Colleen Shults in U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois. Named as a defendant in the case is George H. Sheldon, in his official capacity as director of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (IDCFS). SAF is joined by the Illinois State Rifle Association.

On Tuesday, District Judge Colin Stirling Bruce ruled that there are “sufficient factual allegations to state a claim to relief that is plausible on its face.” The complaint alleges that the state has deprived Kenneth and Colleen Shults of their civil rights under color of law.

“We brought this action on behalf of the plaintiffs to establish that the state’s restrictions on the possession and carrying of firearms by foster parents is unconstitutional under both the Second and Fourteenth amendments,” said SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb. “We’re delighted that the judge will allow our action to go forward because it is important to establish that people do not surrender their Second Amendment rights in order to become foster parents. We’re in court to make sure that the state cannot discriminate against foster parents who merely wish to exercise the rights we’ve restored in Illinois.”

The case now enters the discovery phase, according to SAF attorney David Sigale of Glen Ellyn, Illinois.

The case is known as Shults et al v. Sheldon.

David Sigale is the attorney that won the Second Amendment case in  Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.  Sigale has won several other Second Amendment cases.  In 2014, he was awarded the Gun Rights Defender of the Year by the Citizens’ Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, at the Gun Rights Policy Conference.

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Editor’s Note:  I just have to say that I am appalled at the gall that the rabid gun controllers have in punishing children with no where else to go rather than placing them in a loving home with law abiding gun owning citizens.  The notion that being a ward of the state and being in the system’s control is better than being in a warm safe place at night with people who actually care enough to open their homes to those young souls in need is monstrous…and yet par for the course for those mouth foaming gun controllers who want to indoctrinate children as soon as they can.

I would say, “for shame” to those who would hurt children in order to advance their agenda but people like Michael Bloomberg, Shannon Watts, Obama, Soros and their ilk have lost the ability to know shame when they sold their souls to their god of progressivism.  They disgust me.


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