foster care and guns in the home - solution
I know I mentioned this a year or two ago, but I thought i'd post a thread explaining the issue and how I've managed to work around it.
My wife and I became foster parents over a year ago. We have had a few weekend placements here and there but we just got our first long-term placement not too long ago. Well, the problem is C.P.S. has a rule that any guns in the home be unloaded and the ammunition must be stored in a different locked safe from the gun. And the two safes must have different keys. So you can imagine how annoying it is every day that I must open one safe for the gun and another for the magazine. This has made it virtually impossible to carry chambered as well. I tried chambering and unchambering the gun each day. Keep in mind I can't use the same bullet each time I chamber since it could suffer from setback. But honestly it is just too much work and I finally just said forget it and don't bother with chambering a round. What is even more scary is the idea of a home invasion at night. It will now take considerably longer to get a working gun ready to defend our family.
However, I had an idea recently and when CPS came for the last visit I asked the worker about it. I have one biometric safe (fingerprint style) that I had been using originally to store my loaded gun. But since it doesn't use a "key" I figured it didn't meet their "two-key" requirements. So I have not been using it since we got a placement. I showed it to the lady and she had never seen such a thing before. So I asked her if my finger qualified as a key. She thought about it and said yes. So I asked her if I bought another biometric safe, and programmed the fingerprint from my other hand on that one, would that be considered a different key. She also agreed. So I'm going to go get another safe and put them side-by-side. That way I can walk up to them and slide my fingers (one from each hand) on them simultaneously so that I can get quicker access to the gun and magazine. It doesn't solve the problem of chambering, but otherwise should speed things up considerably in the mornings and evenings.
dont take that CPS workers word!!!
my wife and I have learned the hard way! go directly to the state foster care law makers to get the real answer. these workers are over paid and undereducated, and will give answers off the cuff not fully understanding what the state actually says about the matter. and whammo!!! your in court trying to save your licence, because you took the word of a CPS worker. Im fighting in court tommarrow for just such an issue! because we took the word of a worker and now they are denying they ever gave us permission, and threw us under the bus as quick as they could to cover they're own butts!!! be careful and talk to your state agency that governs the rule on this matter. God be with you.
Originally Posted by adric22