Weird Anti-Gun Law is Preventing This Nevada Couple from Becoming Foster Parents
A Las Vegas couple who have always planned to become foster parents, and one day adopt children, have been denied that right by the state of Nevada. Brian and Valerie Wilson recently told “Fox & Friends” their request was turned down because of a state regulation that prohibits foster parents from carrying loaded weapons.
“I really want a family,” said Valerie Wilson. “It really is heartbreaking because these kids are in institutionalized homes; they aren’t getting the families that they deserve,” she told “Fox & Friends.”
“It’s heartbreaking that they’re not getting the home they deserve,” she said.
“It just doesn’t make sense,” Brian Wilson added. “We’re talking about law-abiding people, people who have had background checks.
“We’re not talking about leaving a firearm around the house,” he said.
The Wilsons said they got the gun permits years ago after they were victims of an attempted home invasion. “We realized that bad things can happen to good people at any time and we need to be responsible,” Brian Wilson said.
The couple is now fighting to change the Nevada law. They recently testified before the Nevada Assembly Judiciary Committee to request that lawmakers approve Assembly Bill 167. That bill would permit residents to carry loaded weapons in a car on on their person, while also being allowed to serve as foster parents.
Presently, rules require that when foster children are placed in a home, guns and ammunition are stored separately in secure containers. The Wilsons had asked for a variance to the law, but the request was denied.
Democratic Assemblywoman Olivia Diaz expressed concern that foster children have often been traumatized, and asked if it is not inappropriate to expose them to weapons.
Deputy Administrator of the state Division of Child and Family Services, Jill Marano, said the agency worries a foster child could gain access to a loaded weapon. She spoke in opposition to the bill.