Saturday, April 5, 2008

Guns at Custody Exchanges

The next time warring parents pull up to the McDonald's for a contentious custody exchange, it's more likely that one or both will be carrying a gun. If they have the requisite permit, then, thanks to the new gun law, they would be allowed to carry a gun to a restaurant like McDonald's. In my real job-family therapist-I sometimes work with families who have rancorous custody disputes. In the worst situations, the custody exchanges are often in public places, often fast food restaurants or grocery store parking lots. The thought of legally adding guns to this already volatile situation scares the hell out of me. Did anyone even consider this? I'm thinking, no. With this new law, judges are going to have to start routinely putting it in the order that neither party is allowed to bring a weapon to the exchange. Holy cow.

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