Nevada is not known as a hostile state for gun lovers but that might soon change. A Nevada couple was recently denied the chance to become foster parents not because of a criminal past but because they have permits to carry concealed weapons.
The couple involved are Brian and Valerie Wilson. They have long dreamed of becoming foster parents and opening their hearts and home to children that otherwise would be ignored and moved through the system.
Valerie said, “I really want a family. It really is heartbreaking because these kids are in institutionalized homes; they aren’t getting the families that they deserve. It’s heartbreaking that they’re not getting the home they deserve”.
Her husband was just as confused about the ordeal as she was. According to Brian Wilson, “It just doesn’t make sense. 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.
As with many other citizens, the Wilsons decided years ago that they would like to have the ability to conceal carry. After being the victim of an attempted home invasion, they were willing to do whatever was necessary to protect their lives and their home. The permits were obtained legally, and the Wilsons do not have any prior criminal background.
“We realized that bad things can happen to good people at any time and we need to be responsible,” Brian Wilson said.
While the state is unwilling to bend or budge on this issue, the Wilsons are not the same. They are currently in the process of attempting to change the law in the state of Nevada. Each of the family members have testified before the Nevada state house in support of a new bill called, Assembly Bill 167. This bill would allow the residents of Nevada to carry loaded on them as well as their vehicle while still serving as foster parents.
As the law stands at this point, guns and ammunition are required to be secured and stored in an isolated section of the home, away from any and all children. While the Wilsons have sought a variance on the law, they have been denied.
In typical party line banter, Assemblywoman Olivia Diaz, a Democrat, said that foster children typically come from traumatic situations and thus they do not really need to be subjected to guns and weapons.
When asked about the issue, Jill Marano of the state Division of Child and Family Services said that her and the agency’s biggest fear is that a child might unintentionally get a hold of a gun and seriously injure themselves.
What are your thoughts on a controversial issue like this? Obviously we do not want children hurt by guns and negligent parents, but is this the right way to go about business?