Mayor Stothert offers her support for legislative bill 289 that would override Omaha’s gun registration ordinance

In a letter to the Judiciary Committee, the mayor characterized the ordinance as unnecessary and ineffective.

“The ordinance that was intended to prevent illegal gun possession and use has not reduced violent crime,” she said, “and police and prosecutors don’t believe it ever will.”

Stothert urged the committee to support Legislative Bill 289, introduced by State Sen. Laura Ebke of Crete

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Mayor David Black of Papillion also testified in support of the bill and  Mayoral Candidate Andy Stebbing has stated that he would support the bill if elected Mayor of Lincoln NE in the upcoming mayoral election in May

ALL NFOA Members need to call and write their state senator and ask them to support passing LB289 out of the Judiciary committee

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NFOA Day at the Legislature – Nice to Stand out

Thinking about my experience at NFOA day, I couldn’t help but keep coming back to a comment, nicely said, but still said, as I was getting some information from the Information Desk in the Unicameral. Standing there, with my business suit on, proudly displaying my NFOA button on my lapel, I hear “You don’t look like a typical gun owner” They were smiling as they said it, and more likely were focusing on me being all dressed up, and maybe they thought about the fact that I was a woman.

Either way, or any way really, I am not sure what they meant other than they, in their minds, had a definition of what a gun owner looked liked and I didn’t fit that mold. At first it was kind of upsetting, but then I realized it was an opportunity. So I smiled and said, “Oh, I understand. You see, most women carry concealed. You don’t notice us and that’s on purpose, but actually, I am quite typical for a gun owner.” I thanked them for the directions and hoped they had a great day.

Our voices as Nebraska citizens, our voices as gun owners…it is SO easy to be heard! The way our legislative system in Nebraska is run allows a voice of the people to be heard and counted, far easier than other states I have lived in.

I hope that next year, the number of women and men who can make it to NFOA day double, and double again the year after. It was outstanding to have the support we had this year and I know it made a significant difference.

Patricia Harrold – NFOA Director

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Repeal of local firearm ordinances proposed | Unicameral Update

Repeal of local firearm ordinances proposed

Published March 20, 2015

Firearms regulation would be consistently enforced across the state under a bill heard by the Judiciary Committee March 19.

Introduced by Crete Sen. Laura Ebke, LB289 would repeal individual city and village ordinances governing the registration, possession, transportation, transfer and storage of firearms and ammunition. Cities and villages would retain the authority to enforce prohibitions on firearm discharge.

The bill also would revoke regulations that remain in some city and village ordinances but were superseded in 2006 by the Concealed Handgun Permit Act.

Ebke said that the wide range of firearms regulations enacted by Nebraska communities has created confusion for residents who travel with guns throughout the state. Laws governing how a hunting rifle may be transported and stored in a vehicle may differ in rural and urban communities, she said, causing Nebraska citizens to unintentionally violate the law.

Statewide, uniform gun regulations based on the state’s constitution and laws override local gun ordinances, Ebke said, calling the bill a “common sense modification.”

Anna Kopperud of the National Rifle Association testified in support of the bill. She said very few states still allow communities to set individual gun ordinances because of the confusion it causes.

“This patchwork [of gun regulations] makes compliance very difficult and almost impossible for responsible gun owners,” Kopperud said.

Marty Bilek of the Omaha mayor’s office agreed. In his testimony supporting the bill, he said numerous community ordinances sometimes are at odds with state gun ownership requirements.

“Cities and municipalities have made gun ownership unnecessarily cumbersome,” Bilek said.

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