Utah Teen in Foster Care Wants to Own Gun, State Won’t Let Him
OGDEN, Utah (AP) — An 18-year-old in foster care is fighting for his right to own a firearm after the state denied his 2nd Amendment right to bear arms.
The Standard Examiner reports James Edwards appeared in juvenile court Monday to argue a motion to allow him to own a gun. Edwards is still considered a juvenile and will be under the guardianship of the state until he's 21, unless he emancipates himself from the foster system. The Utah Division of Child and Family Services has refused to allow Edwards to own a firearm.
Edwards' attorney, Adam Hensley, says the state is claiming authority over Edwards under Utah's "best interest of the child" standard. But Hensley argued that the standard does not supersede his clients' constitutional right to own a gun.