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I would tell DCF what they want to hear and then do what the hell I wanted to.
Ok so I have done some digging on my own because I know this guy doesn't want to make waves and chance losing his grandson.
I had to talk to 5 different DCF workers in various departments before someone could actually send me their exact policy on firearms.
Here it is:
Any firearms located in the home shall be registered and licensed in accordance with state law. All firearms shall be trigger-locked or fully inoperable and stored without ammunition in a locked area. Ammunition shall be stored in a seperate locked location.
The person who finally gave it to me even stated that it is very vague and left to their interpretation and they then make recommendations based on that interpretation. Sooo they basically make up whatever they want.
So the way I see it if you are carrying a gun, it is not being stored and does not need to abided by this rule. I agree with everyone else though, tell them what they want to hear and then do what you want to do.
I haven't read all the replies. So my response is to the original post.
The welfare of a child is at stake. I would agree to do anything they asked. Until the child was in my custody.
And then I would do NONE of what they asked. Period.
Yes those sons of b1tches until the cows come home. THE END JUSTIFIES THE MEANS.
Then do what is right.
p.s. They are just making this 5h1t up as they do it. I know someone who took custody of a relatives child in a similar way. His experience was very different. The DCF person asked if he had guns, then asked to see the safe. My friend showed it to him, just the outside of it, and the guy signed off on the situation. THERE IS NO FORMAL PROTOCOL. LIE LIE LIE. Get the child then do what you need to do. Do what is ethically right, which is to do whatever is necessary to get the child into a good home. Then do what ever is necessary to keep that child safe. (loaded gun on your person, all others locked up, double locking not necessary, and loaded as you see fit)
There was too much to write in the first post but more is coming back to me. Like DCF said you can come home from work when the kid is in school and get your gun to carry.
I love how this kid has been to the house 100's of times, lived there for over a year at one point and was perfectly safe and somehow managed to not shoot himself. However now that DCF thinks it owns the kid they can impose insane rules on a blood family member of the child. It was disgusting to see and hear.
I was there as a character witness, never even spoke to me. He left a bunch of sheets to be filled out and returned in 3 days with more references and said they will be contacted as character references. Then they dropped the kid off. Ummmm shouldn't you check references before placing the child? What if everyone says they are bat s___ crazy but the kid is already there?
This is not legal advice. But if I ever had children, I would make sure they know their address and some alternative ways to contact me (secure email etc). If some lying sack of crap comes along and claims I'm a bad daddy and they are taking them to a better place, I'll make sure the children know they are to contact me at first opportunity and a rescue will be coming.What the scumbags at DCF in Mass. Have been know to do, as it is required that you be notified in writing that they wish to visit your home due some kind complaint, is they hand you the notice as you open the door. Then if you refuse to speak with them they will first call the police to assist them in threatening you about you loosing your children if you do not let them in. If that does not work they will fabricate some bullshit in a report and get a judge to issue a warrant to enter and seize the kids.
That's how it was when we went through it. The woman who did the home evaluation had a completely different interpretation from the woman who was our resource worker. DCF workers are like police officers and gun store employees, some don't really KNOW, they just go on what they've heard and assumed rather than educating themselves.
They are not going to frisk your friend. But they can do spot checks of the home and gun safe.