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.