Whenever you read ‘gun bill’ most people tend to read it as ‘gun control bill’, but that’s not the case in Nebraska with Legislative Bill 68. Its purpose is to put all gun regulations, ordinances and laws at the state level rather than at the county or city level.
Proposed by State Sen. Mike Hilgers, a Republican, the bill would make Nebraska uniform when it comes to gun ordinances or laws, instead of a patchwork pattern of county ordinances that could easily make law-abiding gun owners into felons, in violation of local ordinances just by moving from one county to another.
Hilgers said that those who have opposed the bill in the past are sitting down at the table and talking rather of just saying no.
(Omaha World-Herald) – A potential major shift in Nebraska gun control policy stands on the sidelines as state lawmakers start debating legislation this week.
Whether the bill gets in the game could depend on whether compromises can be reached.
The sponsor of a bill that would end the ability of local governments to pass and enforce gun regulations said he intends to make another push to pass the legislation in coming weeks. State Sen. Mike Hilgers of Lincoln expressed optimism that he’ll broker agreements with the law enforcement and municipal interests that oppose the bill.
“I think what’s important is no one has walked away from the table,” Hilgers said recently…
In states that still allow individual counties and cities to enact their own gun ordinances, it’s possible that someone could move a couple blocks away, but over a city line or county line and then find themselves in deep trouble. In many places, that’s more of a real possibility than many realize. Many cities have adjoining boundaries and one city can be in more than one county.