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Calling all gun owning foster/adoptive parents in Nevada

Discussion in 'Activism' started by h2ojunkie, Dec 9, 2013.

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  1. h2ojunkie

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    I'm looking for fellow firearm owners that currently are or have been foster and/or adoptive parents to speak out at public workshop regarding firearm regulations you must abide by to be a foster/adoptive parent in Nevada.

    The current regulations governing foster/adoptive licenses in Nevada does not prevent firearm ownership, however they do prevent the prevent the use of a firearm for self defense in the home, and place unreasonable requirements on carrying for self defense outside the home.

    The problem with the code as is, the intent is to keep loaded firearms out of the reach of children (that's good) but like everything in government it's not exactly safe or logical in it's current form (that's bad).

    The regulation as written does not allow you to keep a loaded firearm for home defense even if it's kept in a bedside gun vault. And while the current regulation as written does not prohibit CCW carry, it does required that every time you get in and out of the car you unload your weapon and make it inoperable. Not very safe or logical to be loading/unloading a firearm every time you get in and out of a vehicle.

    Nevada is currently in the process of amending this code for the first time since 1989, and there is a public workshop scheduled for Monday December 16h. This exact NAC regulation is one that will be discussed since they are intending to add an exemption to allow police officers to carry their weapon in the presence of children when on duty.

    http://www.dcfs.state.nv.us/DCFS_GoogleCalendar.htm

    I'm trying to find any Nevada residents that currently are a foster parent, have been one in the past, or considered being one that would attend the public hearing to speak up about modifying this regulation.

    Personally, I'd like to see the regulation written to allow firearms to be locked in a bedside gun vault loaded and add an exception for CCW. (something like firearms must be stored in a locked safe at all time when they are not physically carried on your person)

    Most people I know just sign off and "agree" the the NAC and then they store and carry their weapon how they see fit. (a sort of unofficial don't ask, don't tell policy). However, I won't do that. I'm not willing to risk a child being placed in my home, finally having a stable place to live and then being pulled away because someone decides one day they don't like that I carry. It's not fair to that child.

    The best outcome is to amend this NAC to something that keeps guns out of the reach of children while still allowing for personal defense use. Some minor common sense changes to the regulation can do that.

    The Nevada Firearms Coalition is involved and will be present at the workshop. It's a chance to get on the record about the issue and start a dialogue to affect change.

    Anyone that is interested in attending, please send me a PM with your contact or I can send you mine.
     
  2. danez71

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    I commend your efforts (and giving your thread a bump up)

    I suppose you've posted this on NV specific gun forums too.... right?

    Good luck. You're a good person.
     
  3. h2ojunkie

    h2ojunkie Administrator

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    Thanks for that! Yes, I have posted it on a few NV gun sites
     
  4. oneounceload

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    I adopted in 1989 and there were no such issues then. My home visit had the person even see my safe and reloading gear. When did this stuff change?
     
  5. 9w1911

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    we have nev gun websites?
     
  6. h2ojunkie

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    Please sign the petition before April 15th

    Can everyone please sign this petition to change the regulation. When you sign it is sent directly to the Deputy Administrator for DCFS. The deadline to submit written comments is April 15th.

    https://www.change.org/petitions/help-nevada-foster-parents-protect-their-home-and-family

    And please share this on facebook, and with your friend and family and ask them to sign too. We need all the help we can get.

    Also, if you want to send a letter directly to the department via email or snail mail, here is a sample letter that you can edit as you see fit. The contact info of where to email the letter is at the top

    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1VBZnqdtkhEt_EyC6BShyGbYeX386HogEx-3qbByt9Vc/edit?usp=sharing

    I got the new copy of the proposed regulation today. DCFS has decided they would amend the gun clause. This time instead of prohibiting anyone from carrying a firearm for self defense, they decided to go the route of letting the elite class (police) carry firearms even when off duty, but exclude those of us in the servant class (everyone else).

    subsections 2 and 3 are new

    Here is the new proposed regulation:

    So...according to some un-elected officials at the state, the only persons that have the right to defend their family are police. The rest of us are allowed to beg the bad guys for mercy while we wait for 911 to respond.

    They will be holding the final hearing on April 11th to adopt these new regulations. That is pretty much the last opportunity to voice opposition.

    DATE:
    April 11, 2014

    TIME:
    8:30 am – 11:00 am (or until adjourned)

    NORTHERN LOCATION:
    CARSON CITY: Nevada Legislative Building ∙ Room 3143
    401 S. Carson Street ∙ Carson City, NV 89701

    SOUTHERN LOCATION:
    LAS VEGAS: Grant Sawyer Building ∙ Room 4412
    555 East Washington Avenue ∙ Las Vegas, Nevada

    The official notice and proposed regulations below:

    Notice of Intent to Act Upon a Regulation.pdf

    Public Hearing to Adopt Regulations Agenda.pdf

    Proposed Regulations NAC 424 - LCB R110-13.pdf
     
  7. hso

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    done
     
  8. DT Guy

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    I asked if they also denied homes with pools, which statistically present more risk of death to a child.


    Larry
     
  9. h2ojunkie

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    I presented detailed statistics from the CDC about the dangers of pools .vs guns (and several other things that aren't banned) at the first public workshop back in December.

    Here are some bullet points of what I've presented

    Not only does the NAC prohibit carrying a gun for self defense, it requires firearms to be unloaded and locked up at all times, and the ammunition must be stored in a separate locked container at all times.

    I don't object to requiring the weapon be kept locked up when not in use, but requiring the ammunition to be locked separately is terrible.

    UNLOADED GUN = SAME AS CAR WITH EMPTY GAS TANK

    You can't us an unloaded gun for self defense, the same way you can't use a car with an empty gas tank for transportation.
     
  10. Sol

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    Best of luck. One would think that "doing the right thing" would require less hoops to jump through and not stifle the rights.

    Off topic, is anyone else getting advertisements that relates to this specific topic? I thought the ads were derived from the browser history and this specific ad is totally unrelated to my browsing history.
     
  11. h2ojunkie

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    Thanks to everyone that has already signed the petition. We've already passed 30 signatures in just 24 hours, but we still have a long way to go.


    Please get involved. We can't make a difference without a lot of support.

    It only takes 1 minute to click the link and sign the petition.

    Share it with your friends and family, text them a link and ask them to sign, tweet it, Facebook it.

    We've already made a difference by getting the law enforcement exemption added back in December. If we can get enough support I believe we can get a CCW exemption added too.

    Remember, If you're not part of the solution then you are part of the problem.


    Please sign and share this petition to allow CCW permit holders to be foster homes without forfeiting their right to protect their home and family before the April 15th public comment deadline!

    http://www.change.org/petitions/help-nevada-foster-parents-protect-their-home-and-family
     
  12. danez71

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    Done.

    Its amazing that with as many kids that need a good home that they're not looking at this issue more objectively.


    As I said in post #2


    Fight the good fight!!
     
  13. Yo Mama

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    I signed the petition, hope there is more I can do to help
     
  14. RustyShackelford

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    Hammer time!....

    Id suggest you and/or your group contact Florida's Marion Hammer(or her 2A group in Florida).
    She led the push for foster parents & people who wanted to adopt to not be judged or hassled over guns/CCW issues.
    Florida passed a few new statues & now guns-CCW is a non issue re; foster children/parenting.

    The FL group may give you tips or legal insight for the elected officials/politics.

    Hope it helps;
    Rusty
     
  15. oneounceload

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    As a former NV resident and adoptive parent, done and done WITH an explanantion
     
  16. h2ojunkie

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    With only 2 days left before the April 15th public comment deadline, support to change the regulation that keeps law abiding gun owners from providing a home for foster/adoptive children in need continues to grow.

    Much to our surprise, Channel 8 sent a news crew to cover our story at the public hearing Friday. Click here for video and the article from Channel 8.
    http://www.8newsnow.com/story/25228...ices-looking-at-new-rules-for-foster-families

    On April 8th, Michele Fiore spoke about this issue with Eye on Nevada Politics radio as well. The audio from the radio show can be heard at the following link (coverage starts at the 4:48 mark of the audio file).
    http://audio.vegasallnetradio.com/EONP/EONP2014-04-08.mp3

    This is our last chance to make a difference, and tell the Department of Child and Family Services they can no longer deny foster parents the right to protect their home and family.

    I ask that everyone who supports lawful gun ownership, and wants to help these children in need find a loving home make one last show of support by re-sharing this petition with your friends, family, facebook, twitter, etc.

    http://www.change.org/petitions/help-nevada-foster-parents-protect-their-home-and-family
     
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