After countless hours spent working on advancing LB804, the Victim Protection Act, we have some exciting news for NFOA members. All of your hard work contacting Senators, educating friends and family, making donations, and spreading the word has paid off! Today the NFOA was joined by the NRA in an agreement with several Senators on the Judiciary Committee. The agreement amends the original bill and advances the most important provision of the Victim Protection Act, civil immunity, out of committee and into the general assembly for all Senators to debate and vote on.
While the Committee Amendment negotiated by Senator Lathrop removes the second and third provisions we’ve been fighting for: ability to presume that someone who isn’t supposed to be in your house and who has entered with force is there to do harm to you or your family and extending the ability to use force to defend yourself while in your vehicle or any other place you have a right to be, we still see this as a big win in the fight to protect Nebraskans who are the victims of violent criminals. Much like our concealed carry permit system, to make progress we sometimes need to continue to take small bites to get what we want. This is the first bite to making sure criminals do not have more legal protections than the victims they attack.
This amended version of LB 804 was voted forward by the Judiciary Committee today and should be reported to the entire Legislature tomorrow.To get this portion of the bill moved forward the NFOA, the NRA and Senators Fulton and Lautenbaugh had to promise to support the amendment and not try to amend this negotiated version, so the NFOA as an organization will not be taking a stance on any amendments that others may bring forward. Stay tuned and keep active with your NFOA and we’ll continue to keep you updated as the amended LB804 advances through the general assembly on its way to becoming law!
Nebraska Firearms Owners Association