Texas may end new gun ban in foster homes

There has never been a problem with guns in foster homes, but that didn't stop the new ban from going into effect. The article has a useful discussion about how the regulation is interfering with the ability of those families to go hunting.

AUSTIN – A new state rule prohibits firearms in foster homes where severely emotionally disturbed or mentally retarded children are living, but a Dallas-area lawmaker calls the regulation unnecessary and has moved to overturn it.

Sen. Bob Deuell, R-Greenville, said foster parents shouldn't be barred from keeping guns in their homes, and after hearing from constituents upset about the rule, he has filed a bill to force the state to return to a previous regulation that focused on weapons storage. The new provision affects about 1,500 abused and neglected children, about 7 percent of Texas foster children, officials say.

The Department of Family and Protective Services said Monday that it knows of no Texas foster child who has been injured or killed by a gun while in care. "But our research has identified guns as a risk to children," said Patrick Crimmins, a spokesman for the agency. . . .



Blogger rtmq said...

On June 2, 2005 eight-year-old foster child Braxton Wooden was murdered by a gunshot at a foster home in Alba Missouri. Police blamed the 14-year-old son of the foster parents for the crime.

Robert T McQuaid
Mattawa Ontario

3/08/2007 4:28 AM  
Anonymous David said...

Then all foster kids should be turned over to people like you.O yah thats right you don't DO anything.A homeless street kid lives with me,but if you think I going to give up my rights just to help the homeless?NO If that were to happen where I live,I would throw him back in the street and tell him to go live with you.

3/11/2007 3:22 PM  

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